NFU President Peter Kendall has demanded the immediate introduction
of a system of part payments for farmers still waiting for their
long overdue single payments.
Mr Kendall made his call after representatives from the NFU,
the Tenants Farmers Association (TFA) and the Country Landowners
Association (CLA) met with acting RPA Chief Mark Addison and
were given depressing news about the progress made in validating
claims and making payments to farmers.
At the meeting the three organisations reemphasised the dire
consequences that the crisis is causing the whole rural economy
and stressed that the time has now come for urgent action by
Earlier the RPA had confirmed that they were preparing a plan
in relation to part payments, but they could give no comfort
by indicating that it would be done quickly.
During the meeting the NFU, TFA and CLA had insisted on the
urgency of getting payments out. The three organisations offered
to have technical discussions with Defra and the RPA in an effort
to ensure that a part payment system meets the requirements of
both farmers and Government, and they again demanded that the
current process should be targeted at those with historic payments,
regardless of the size.
Concerns were also repeated about the 2006 applications and
the need for urgent action and advice.
NFU President Peter Kendall said: “After three of these
meetings I am depressed and frustrated at the lack of any meaningful
progress and the absence of any crumb of comfort for the majority
of farmers who remain unpaid.
“In the circumstances I have no alternative but to demand
that part payments are made in respect of unpaid claims at the
earliest possible opportunity.”
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