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Defra has been forced to make a humiliating U-turn and reinstate the paper form for farmers applying for the new Basic Payment Scheme this year. In a press briefing on Thursday (19 March), Mark Grimshaw, chief executive of Defra’s Rural Payments Agency (RPA) admitted farmers, landowners and agents in England were “very concerned” about the slowness and complexity of the online BPS mapping tool. He said the mapping tool simply wasn’t working properly and he had decided that “enough was […]
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