Calls for farmers to complete Single Application before 15 May

The deadline for 2019 Single Application Form is fast approaching
The deadline for 2019 Single Application Form is fast approaching

With just under two weeks left until the Single Application Form (SAF) deadline, farmers have been reminded to complete and send them away as soon as possible.

The SAF is the form needed to fill in if farmers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland want to claim payments from schemes such as BPS and agri-environmental ones.

The application window closes on Wednesday 15 May.

NFU Scotland is one group encouraging farmers to prioritise filling out their forms as soon as possible.

The online application process has seen significant improvements in recent years and the clear majority of applications are now made online.

By submitting applications online, the system will flag any errors before submitting an application.

Individuals can also go to their Local Area Office where staff will be on hand to assist those completing their form online.

Farmers are reminded to submit all supporting documentation and keep a proof of submission.

NFU Scotland Policy Manager for CAP Schemes, Jenny Brunton said: “The recent good weather may have been a welcome distraction for many farmers and crofters who are yet to complete their 2019 SAF, but we cannot emphasise enough how important prioritising this work is.

“The deadline of the 15 May is fast approaching and we urge farmers and crofters to concentrate on completing their submission before the last hour.

“The key thing that everyone completing a form needs to do is double check before and after submission that what is intended to be the BPS claim is actually what is submitted, and don’t forget the Young Farmer Top Up if you are lucky enough to be in that age bracket.”