NFU Scotland has said that the Scottish Executive must
continue make the payment of the Single Farm Payment (SFP) to those
farmers still waiting to receive it their top priority.
Approximately 90 per cent of farmers within Scotland have already
received their first SFP payment but there remain around 2,000
people yet to receive any payment. There are a number of reasons
why some payments have taken longer to process than others, for
example if payment is in Euros rather than Sterling or if there
is a query over set-aside.
If the payment is not issued by 15 February then those farmers
still waiting for their payment will have to wait until at least
the 22 February for it to be issued. The reason for this is that
the Scottish Executive system that makes payments is to be upgraded
which effects all Scottish Executive Departments. This will mean
that no payments will be made by SEERAD during the period of the
upgrade. The upgrade takes place between 16 to 21 February.
John Kinnaird, NFUS President, said:
"We would have expected everybody to have been paid by now
and, in cases when, through no fault of their own, farmers are
facing further delays to their payments on top of the ones they
have already experienced, it is simply rubbing salt into the wound.
"This computer system upgrading should not have taken place
until all payments had been made. Any further delay in payments
only exacerbates the frustration felt by those who now have to
wait through this computer upgrading, not to mention having consequences
in terms of cash flow.
"Once the upgraded system is up and running again on 22 February
it is essential that the Executive pull out all the stops to ensure
that no more delays occur and that all remaining farmers get paid
as a matter of urgency."
Farm Payment Relief
Last! Full Farm Payments Promise By RPA
CAP payments to farmers will begin in February