Farm leaders are calling for 2007 single farm payments to start in December.

The NFU, Country Land and Business Association and Tenant Farmers Association have issued a joint statement following a meeting with junior DEFRA minister Lord Rooker on Monday (4 June).

The farming unions were assured that the RPA was on track to make over 96% of payments by the end of June, but they say the position on the backlog of mistaken allocation and payments stretching back to 2005 remains deeply unsatisfactory.

“While we appreciate the efforts that have been put in by Lord Rooker and the RPA, we are disappointed at slow progress in completing the 2006 payments, and the large backlog of wrong allocations and payments,” they said.

“With this in mind the three organisations jointly requested that the government should commit itself to make payments for 2007 to farmers in December this year, in full wherever possible, otherwise an 80% part payment.”

Read the FWi Single Farm Payment Special Report.

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