The Rural Payments Agency has warned that it will assume a farmer is not interested in pursuing their national reserve application, if they fail to supply supporting evidence by 4 Nov.

The agency is in the process of sending out SP5E forms to the 17,000 farmers who indicated on their single farm payment application that they wanted to apply to the national reserve (Business, 23 Sept).

The form reminds farmers of the type of documentation that can be used to support a NR application and gives them the opportunity to supply supplementary evidence.

Johnston McNeill, chief executive of RPA said: “We want to ensure that all national reserve applicants are given the opportunity to present their case in full.

However, we need to urgently process applications and farmers can help us to make payments as early as possible within the payment window by sending in the necessary information before 4 Nov.”