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14th Apr

2016

The Tenant Farmers Association calls for an Extension to the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Deadline

The Tenant Farmers Association calls for an Extension to the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Deadline

TFA Chief Executive George Dunn has made the following statement:

“The Tenant Farmers Association has been in close working relationship with the RPA both in its attempts to fulfil payments against 2015 BPS claims and to achieve a successful completion of the 2016 BPS claims’ campaign, by the deadline of 16 May.  Yesterday (13 April)  there was a meeting of the RPA’s Technical Stakeholder Group to which the TFA took a long list of issues which needed to be resolved to allow BPS claims to be submitted for this year.  Other organisations had equally long lists.  Although some progress was made, there are a significant number of issues which remain outstanding.  With a month to deadline the TFA viewed yesterday’s meeting as an important line in the sand.  With a major mountain to climb and little confidence that there is the joint capacity to fulfil a successful 2016 campaign by the May 16 deadline, the TFA has written to DEFRA Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment, George Eustice MP, to request formally that DEFRA applies to the European Commission for an extension to the 2016 deadline at least until the middle of June.  Without such an extension both the RPA and BPS applicants will be placed under intolerable stress.“

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