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RPA hits single farm payment target

More than 99% of England’s farmers have received their single farm payment the Rural Payments Agency has announced.

A total of 103,000 English farmers have been paid an estimated 99.5 percent of the £1.63bn fund.

The agency passed its EU prescribed target of paying 97% of applicants by 31 March, five weeks early on 15 February.

It had also met its end of December target on the first banking day of this year’s payment window, when 95,000 farmers were paid.

RPA chief executive Mark Grimshaw said: “Even though we exceeded both our domestic performance targets and the EU benchmark way ahead of schedule, we are not resting on our laurels, and have focused our efforts on paying those claims which have needed more work as quickly as possible.”

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RPA hits single farm payment target

More than 90,000 English farmers received their single farm payment by the end of December 2010, according to the Rural Payments Agency.

The latest figures published this week showed 85.5% of eligible claimants had been paid, ahead of the agency’s target.

RPA interim chief executive Richard Judge said: “Achieving our 85% target is an important milestone. We remain firmly focused on progressing the outstanding claims, accurately and as quickly as possible.”

In Wales, 86% of farmers received payments on 1 December, the first day of the payment window. A Welsh Assembly Government official said 90% of farmers had now been paid a total of £228m.

The payment window for the 2010 single payment scheme closes on 30 June 2011.

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