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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