Application process is open for pay-outs

Farmers and farm agents can now apply for funds from the Rural Payments Agency’s basic payment scheme.

Claimants can check and change their personal and business details, including keeping email addresses accurate and up to date.

They can also now view and transfer land and entitlements online at www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk

Agency chief executive Mark Grimshaw said: “We have developed the rural payments service for 2016 so it’s now possible, for the first time, to see and transfer land and entitlements online.

“Going online and checking details early means information should be updated in time to show on 2016 basic payment scheme online applications, which will be available in mid-March.

“I’d also like to remind farmers there will be help and support for anyone who needs it throughout the application window.”

The application deadline for claims is midnight on Monday, May 16.