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Single payment scheme inspections

by 5m Editor
20 June 2005, at 12:00am

UK - Farmers may be selected for a farm inspection at any time in connection with their Single Payment Scheme application. This can be a stressful experience; however there are a number of things that you can do to ease the process.

Single payment scheme inspections - UK - Farmers may be selected for a farm inspection at any time in connection with their Single Payment Scheme application. This can be a stressful experience; however there are a number of things that you can do to ease the process.
National
Pig
Association

National Pig Association
THE VOICE OF THE UK PIG INDUSTRY

NPA is active on members' behalf in Brussels & Whitehall, and with processors, supermarkets & caterers - fighting for the growth and pros-perity of the UK pig industry.

  • If possible be present through the whole inspection visit.

  • Ask how long the inspection will take and what areas the inspector is going to look at.

  • There should opening and exit meetings with the inspector providing a clear explanation of why there is a visit, the way the inspection will be carried out and what he/she needs from the member.

  • The RPA should take the necessary precautions to prevent the risk of contamination or spread of disease from one premises to another.

  • You should have kept a copy of you Single Payment Scheme application form and related paperwork/guidance in case you need to refer to it.

  • It is important during an inspection that a record is kept of what is viewed, what is said and what is measured. This is critical where it is considered there is a problem.

  • Taking pictures of a problem using your camera's automatic date display is useful.

  • Record as much information as possible and clarify any issues with the Rural Payments Agency.

  • Ask for a copy of the inspection report. Remember there can be a delay between inspection and the outcome of it.

  • You should refer to the scheme literature at all times. If in any doubt of the scheme rules contact Callfirst on 0870 8458458.

  • Section R of the 2005 SPS handbook covers inspections and section T covers complaints against the handling of the inspection and appeals against any decisions that result.

Source: National Pig Association - 20th June 2005

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