Farm­ers get on­line to ap­ply for CAP fund­ing

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

MORE farm­ers are to be en­cour­aged to ap­ply on­line for CAP fund­ing as part of a move to mod­ernise the process and make it more ef­fi­cient.

Farm­ers ap­ply­ing un­der the sin­gle ap­pli­ca­tion form (SAF) in 2018 will be of­fered more sup­port to help them make the move on­line. This will in­clude on­line guid­ance and one-toone ap­point­ments in an area of­fice.

The move on­line forms part of the pro­gramme for govern­ment, which aims to main­tain di­rect sup­port for farm­ers and crofters at cur­rent lev­els, put the CAP pay­ment sys­tem on a se­cure foot­ing and com­plete full dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the ap­pli­ca­tion process for pay­ments by 2020.

Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing said: ‘The drive to move on­line has been un­der­way for sev­eral years and last year more farm­ers and crofters than ever chose to make their ap­pli­ca­tion on­line. This new fo­cus forms a ma­jor part of our pri­or­ity ac­tions in the com­ing year to mod­ernise and im­prove the ser­vice we pro­vide our farm­ers.

‘For SAF 2018 we will be en­cour­ag­ing on­line take-up by the re­main­ing pa­per cus­tomers and will be of­fer­ing sup­port to help them ap­ply and man­age their land in­for­ma­tion on­line.

‘Achiev­ing this will re­duce the time spent man­u­ally pro­cess­ing claims and check­ing and cor­rect­ing er­rors, ul­ti­mately mak­ing the pay­ment process more ef­fi­cient and eas­ier.

‘This in turn will pro­vide farm­ers with more time to fo­cus on the im­por­tant busi­ness of farm­ing.’

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