Richard Lochhead has made a £2 million support package available to help new entrants and deer farmers who have been excluded from support under the current Single Farm Payment Scheme (SFPS) and this week Scottish Government has sent out application forms for this support to those businesses and agents who have registered with it. Businesses thinking of applying are asked to return the completed application forms by FRIDAY, 5 July 2013 at the latest.
SGRPID is planning to use as much of the existing Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), and in particular the single application form (SAF), as possible to gather information about applications. The SAF will provide business details, evidence of engagement in the primary production of agricultural products and eligible land. It is anticipated the overwhelming majority of applicants will already be completing SAFs.
A supplementary form, however, is required in order to provide the necessary evidence of a genuine claim and able to meet SGRPID’s audit obligations. This is a simple form and a guide to completing it is given in the following paragraphs.
SGRPID will issue the supplementary application form to businesses and agents who have registered their interest.
The supplementary application form consists of a maximum of eight questions or statements and SGRPID is asking applicants to confirm that the statement is correct or applicable by ticking a box.