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CLA ADVICE FOR ISLE OF WIGHT FARMERS AS DEADLINE LOOMS

coppidhallfarmWith less than two weeks to go to the deadline for submitting Basic Payment Forms, the CLA is concerned that many Isle of Wight farmers and landowners have been slow to respond.

In mid May, only 9% of the 214 farmers and landowners on the Isle of Wight who had registered for the scheme had submitted their form and a further 18 were yet to register. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2015.

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, is holding a Basic Payment Scheme seminar in Newport on Tuesday 9 June. The event, which is free of charge, is being organised to help local farmers and landowners resolve any problems with their applications, so that they do not miss this crucial deadline.

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The Basic Payment Scheme, which is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), provides European Common Agricultural Policy funds to help the farming sector.

The seminar will feature a speaker from the RPA as well as advice from CLA South East rural surveyor, David Hill. Held at the Bargeman’s Rest in Newport, the event will run over lunch from 12-2pm.

Belinda_Walters lower resCLA Director Isle of Wight, Belinda Walters, comments:

“We are concerned that many local farmers and landowners may be experiencing difficulties in completing these often complex forms and are consequently in danger of missing out on payments for which they are eligible. This seminar is designed to provide on the spot expert advice to resolve any last minute queries.”

For more details or to book a place at the seminar contact Sarah Furniss at CLA South East on 01264 313434 or email [email protected]. Bookings can also be made online at http://www.cla.org.uk/your-area/south-east/events.

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