Online system makes farm payments easier
Defra has revealed plans to introduce an integrated online system to make it “quicker and easier” for farmers to apply for payments under Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes.
Under the new system, which will be introduced from scheme year 2015 as part of the government’s drive to reduce red tape in agriculture, farmers will only have to enter their details once online, rather than submitting multiple entries for different CAP schemes.
Defra said this would reduce bureaucracy for farmers, as well as lowering running costs, improving targeting of farm inspections and making it “easier to adapt to future changes”.
Announcing the new system yesterday (21 January), Farming Minister David Heath said: “CAP programmes will probably change considerably over the coming years and we’re making sure we’re in the best possible shape to deal with this change.
“Having one modern, fit-for-purpose system will make it far quicker and easier for farmers to apply for funding and improve targeting of inspections.
“It’s a genuine example of our work on the Farming Regulation Task Force, making a real difference to cutting red tape on the ground.”
There are 40 different CAP schemes in addition to the single farm payment scheme, which are currently paid out under different computer systems by Defra, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Natural England and the Forestry Commission.