HROC (agency) - Kubota
Farminguk
24 July 2016 | Online since 2003
Scrutton Bland


28 January 2014 11:25:51|Finance,News

Go online for Single Payments, RPA urges


More than 40,000 farmers, landowners and agents across England will be sent postcards next week, promoting Single Payment Scheme (SPS) Online and a starter pack delivered in a few weeks which will include everything they need to use the service in 2014.
The starter packs are planned to arrive by 20 February, the opening day of the 2014 SPS Online application window, and include a PIN and guide on how to log in to the online service. Rural Payments Agency (RPA) Operations Director Paul Caldwell said:
“The RPA is one of the leading agencies in delivering online facilities, and has worked hard to provide a number of schemes - these include the Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Online; the import recording and checking system PEACH; and the highly praised SPS Online.
“This first wave of contact is part of the Agency’s ongoing drive to help farmers, landowners and agents move their businesses forward into the digital age.”
Local drop-in centres are no longer available this year, so former users will be among those who will get offers of help from the RPA.
Due to the annual update of the service taking less time in 2014, claimants can apply for SPS payments online from 20 February – a week ahead of last year.
Chris Windle of farm agent Windle Beech Winthrop submitted almost 900 SPS applications online last year, and said 2014 is the year to make the switch:
“I would certainly encourage those who have previously completed paper applications to make an online application in 2014.
“This system is extremely simple - to the extent of being almost foolproof - and with the checks and balances that are in place it is almost impossible to submit an application that would be invalid.
“The best part about it is that you receive an instant receipt and therefore you are not worried if the application has got lost in the post.”
Phyllis Steel, who runs a 15 acre smallholding in York and first tried SPS Online in 2012 after it was recommended by a neighbour. She said: “I think some people are scared about trying things online, but I have to say that it was very easy and a real benefit is that you don’t have to keep writing everything down because it is all on the screen in front of you.
“It corrects any mistakes you make as you go, it is much quicker than doing a paper application and also you don’t have to worry about posting things.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Australia | 22 July 2016
Laws surrounding foreign investment in farmland 'too restrictive'

A government-commissioned report into the regulatory burden imposed on Australian farmers has advised the federal government to lift "red tape" surrounding foreign investment in local agriculture, as ...


Germany | 22 July 2016
Bakery venture feeds German appetite for pesticide-free food

There's a booming demand in Germany for produce that is both locally sourced and free from chemicals. One cooperative in Karlsruhe is linking farmers producing pesticide-free grains with artisanal bak...


Australia | 22 July 2016
Australia's richest woman buys two cattle stations

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting has snapped up two cattle stations in the Northern Territory, adding to the billionaire's steadily expanding livestock portfolio. Hancock has acquired the Rivere...


Cambodia | 22 July 2016
You could own a piece of a Cambodian dairy startup

At a time when Nintendo’s Pokémon Go is taking over the world, the name Moo Moo Farms may conjure up imagery of pixelated princesses and plumbers whizzing along a cartoon racetrack. But it turns ou...


USA | 22 July 2016
Is it too late to invest in farmland?

Last week, I wrote an article called The Bull Thesis on Farmland in which I presented the asset class and explained why I believe it to be a good idea to add some farmland to your portfolio. I was...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
closeicon
Username
Password