Farmers can avoid last minute panic

SNP Paul Wheelhouse
SNP Paul Wheelhouse

SNP MSP for South Scotland, Paul Wheelhouse, has urged farmers to beat a last minute rush and apply for farm payments with the Single Application Form (SAF) as improvements to the Rural Payments and Services website were announced.

Scotland, along with 15 other EU countries, extended the deadline for farmers to submit their SAF until June 15.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “Our farmers have just one month left to complete their SAF forms and we already know this task has been made more difficult by the complexity of the new Common Agricultural Policy, so I hope farmers take heed of the advice to avoid leaving it until the last minute to apply.

“I am pleased the Scottish Government has also taken action to improve the performance of the Rural Payments and Services system - particularly the speed at which it runs, an issue that had been raised with me previously by constituents.”