By FWi staff

SCOTLANDS arable area overshoot for 2001 has been confirmed at 4.44%, down from the provisional estimate of 5.2% but higher than last years 2.25%.

This translates into a scaleback of 4.25% on area aid payments for each hectare claimed.

Allowing for 2.5% modulation, cereal growers in lowland areas will get 202.78/ha (82.06/acre), while those on the hills will receive 186.33/ha (75.41/acre).

Oilseed rape will attract 276.39/ha (111.85/acre) in the lowlands, and 227.52/ha (92.08/acre) in the hills.