Farmers urged to act soon to donate spare BPS entitlements

Farmers with spare entitlements have until midnight on 15 June to donate them to benefit farming charities.

Farmers Weekly is supporting Entitlement Aid, an initiative to transfer spare entitlements from a donor to a 2015 BPS claimant, who will pay the market value with the proceeds going to charity.

The professional fees associated with the transfer are being donated by Central Association of Agricultural Valuers member firms who are signed up to the scheme.

See also: BPS entitlement transfer deadline extended to 15 June

The initiative was set up to encourage donations of surplus small numbers of single farm payment entitlements.

These would come particularly from those with fewer than five entitlements and who faced losing these under the CAP reform, which brought in the BPS.

A database of farmers who hold excess entitlements and those wanting to buy entitlements has been set up so they can be matched up.

About £5,000 has so far been raised for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Addington Fund and the Farming Community Network and the charity is hoping to double this before the deadline on 15 June.

Anyone wanting to donate spare entitlements needs to fill in a signed RLE1 form and send it to Bateman Hosegood, Martinsfield, Broadclyst, Devon EX5 3JH.

More details can be found online at Entitlement Aid.

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