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SFP patience with RPA wearing thin

by 5m Editor
15 September 2006, at 10:17am

UK - Farmers still waiting to be paid their single farm payment are questioning why it is taking so long for the Rural Payments Agency to deal with their cases.

The RPA said this week that just 134 commercial producers are waiting for 100% of their payment, although another 7954 people are waiting for a top-up payment.

But the farmers who are waiting say they cannot understand the length of time it is taking to get through the backlog.

"Even if the cases are tricky, why is everything taking so long?," one producer told Farmers Weekly. "The figures just aren't dropping fast enough."

Oxfordshire producer Richard Strainge of Springhill Farm, High Cogges, Witney said he had received a payment on 27 July from an emergency fund. But he said queries about his claim had yet to be resolved and he still does not have an entitlement statement.

Source: FWi

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