Serious concerns over farm mapping

The NFU says it still has serious concerns over the need for farmers to record previously-unmapped permanent ineligible features as part of their Basic Payment Scheme application this year, despite this week’s announcement that the deadline was being extended.

It says it is an unnecessary new additional form-filling exercise for farmers which could also place extra burden on the RPA as it attempts to ensure farmers are paid on time and at a time when some are trying desperately to get hold of their Basic Payment Scheme BP5 form.

NFU vice-president Guy Smith said: “The burden at this critical time to complete additional forms, when in the past simply reducing the area of the claim was acceptable by the RPA, was a real concern raised with us by many members.

“We still remain concerned with the ability for farmers and the RPA alike to cope with this additional workload.”