MAFF changes causing confusion to applicants
CHANGES from one year to the next are kept to a minimum on IACS forms. But this year two changes have caused confusion and led to some forms being returned to producers for amendment.
First, MAFF has extended the Field Data Printout so it now shows not just the basic information (Section I) as recorded last year, but also details of 1994s forage area (Section II) and/or arable area (Section III) and other non-cropped land (Section IV) on a field-by-field basis.
Where the forage area is unchanged for 1995, the grower need do nothing. But if the area or the crop has changed, this must be entered below the printed figures. Any new land acquired since last year should be entered on a new Field Data Sheet.
The second main change is the new requirement to provide a single National Grid (NG) field number for all fields which have had permanent amalgamations or divisions, taken at the central point in each case. Fields extending over more than one map sheet also require a single number. Applic-ants should also show how renumbered fields link back to field numbers and areas recorded last year.
Contrary to earlier advice, separate field numbers need not be provided for ineligible portions within an otherwise eligible field, unless they are likely to be declared on the IACS form as forage area in 1995 or in future. Growers are strongly recommended by MAFF to seek professional advice when changes are required.
Other common faults are:
lFailure to declare or amend the type of crop grown.
lFailure to specify if different crops are grown in the same field.
lFailure to provide full supporting information, especially authorisation forms in the case of partnerships or share farming.
lEntering ineligible land for set-aside.
lForms undated and unsigned.
MAFF advises checking forms at least twice for accuracy, to provide as much supporting evidence as possible and not to leave IACS until the last minute. *