Speaking in response to the interim report by the House of Commons
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee into the Rural
Payments Agency (RPA), David Fursdon, President of the Country
Land and Business Association (CLA) said:
"The Select Committee has, quite rightly, raised some questions
about the RPA competence and commitment to agriculture in this
The CLA has been shocked and disappointed at the over-confidence,
bordering on arrogance, shown by the RPA in the implementation
of the Single Farm Payment Scheme.
This means that not only do farmers face delayed payments or partial
payments, but also disruption and confusion in many other flagship
schemes such as the much heralded environmental schemes.
All this comes at a time of massive re-adjustment in the industry.
If farming is to be treated as a business like any other then it
should be able to plan forward with certainty as any other business
needs to do. CLA members do not feel that they can do this while
the RPA flounders from pillar to post."
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