THE RURAL Payments Agency says it is publishing details of farmers‘ support payments because DEFRA ministers have decided that the balance of public interest points to disclosure of this information.
 
The RPA intends to disclose the information on Tues (Mar 22) to those who have requested it under the Freedom of Information Act.

As previously reported by FWi, it will list the names of subsidy recipients and the annual amount paid to them in the last two years.

It will be supplemented in a few weeks time with information broken down by region.
 
The agency has said information which would reveal the details of companies‘ trading patterns, a detailed breakdown of the elements which make up the payment or the full addresses of recipients will not be disclosed.