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Clarity and certainty over when farmers and crofters can expect to receive their 2018 Common Agricultural Policy payments has been published.
Under the plans, Pillar 1 payments will begin in March and will largely be completed by the end of June. Pillar 2 payments will start in April with the majority paid by the end of October.
Publishing the payment schedule, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: ‘As we approach the commencement of the new year, I want to provide farmers, crofters and other rural businesses with as much clarity and certainty as possible.
‘I am therefore confirming that we intend to keep to the proposed CAP payment timetable published in our stabilisation plan, which outlines when farmers and crofters can expect to receive their CAP entitlements.
‘By doing this, we are offering clarity and certainty over when payments will be made, demonstrating stability in our payment system, while enabling farmers and crofters the opportunity to plan ahead accordingly.’
Scheme payment start 95% of payment made
BPS/Greening/Young Farmer; March 2019; End of June 2019
VCS; April 2019; End of June
LFASS; April 2019; End of June
Rural Priorities; May 2019; End of September
AECS; May 2019; End of September
FGS; May 2019; End of September
BES; July 2019; End of October