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3 April 2014 07:46:39|News,Property News

RPA inspectors reassure on flooded farms


The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced that while farmers in flood affected areas may still be selected for cross compliance inspections this year, these would be carried out later in 2014 where appropriate.
The Agency has published some new guidance for farmers affected by flooding which reminds them that the existing rules will safeguard claimants in respect of many of the potential non-compliances they are currently facing that are out of their control.
The guidance also says any breaches of cross compliance will be looked at on a case-by-case basis and advises farmers to keep a record (photographic or notes) of any issues they may wish to raise in case of inspection.
RPA External Relations Director Arik Dondi said: “We know this is a worrying time for farmers and want to reassure them that any inspector visiting will take account of the difficulties faced by some of them earlier in 2014 which may have taken compliance outside their control.
“The RPA’s work benefits farmers and food producers and helps drive growth in rural communities. In particular, the inspection regime is critical to ensure the health of the rural economy and standards of farming practice.
“However, we hope this new guidance will help alleviate some of the worries farmers are still facing and demonstrate our determination to be fast, flexible and responsive to their changing needs and deliver the best customer service there is.”
Farmers who believe that that ‘force majeure’ (exceptional circumstances) applies in their individual case are advised to contact the RPA.

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