Boost for Fenland farmers

A Holmer beet harvester, driven by Alwyn Sweeney of Harrison Agricultural Contracting, is in action at Hill Farm, Stowbridge. PICTURE JOANNA WILCOX ENGANL00120111011143718
A Holmer beet harvester, driven by Alwyn Sweeney of Harrison Agricultural Contracting, is in action at Hill Farm, Stowbridge. PICTURE JOANNA WILCOX ENGANL00120111011143718
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The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has paid 1,804 farmers from Cambridgeshire £44,212,186 so far in the 2014 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) window.

Farmers in Fenland have reported no problems with this year’s payment – but do have concerns for next year’s process.

Nationally, by January 28, the RPA had paid a total of £1.46 billion to nearly 100,000 farmers in England. This equates to 98.4 per cent of farmers eligible to claim and 97.3 per cent of the total estimated fund value.

RPA Planning and Performance Director John Carter said: “Our focus now is to ensure farmers who have not yet received their money are paid as soon as possible, while preparing for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), which replaces SPS for 2015.

“I would encourage farmers who want to get their BPS money as early as possible to register now – either online or by calling 03000 200 301.

“This applies to existing SPS customers who need to be aware that, although their details will be transferred across, they still need to go in and register on the new service.”