FARMERS are being encouraged to go online to apply for their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes, which are being brought together under one integrated online payment system.
From scheme year 2015, Defra will introduce a single computer system for all CAP funding in England which will apply regardless of which body the funding is claimed through.
The changes, which come as a result of the red tape-cutting Farming Regulation Task Force, mean that farmers only have to enter their details once online.
Farming minister David Heath said: “CAP programmes will probably change considerably over the coming years and we’re making sure we’re in the best possible shape to deal with this change.
“Having one modern, fit-for-purpose system will make it far quicker and easier for farmers to apply for funding and improve targeting of inspections.
“It’s a genuine example of our work on the Farming Regulation Task Force making a real difference to cutting red tape on the ground.”
In addition to the Single Payment Scheme, there are a further 40 different CAP schemes which are paid out by Defra, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Natural England and the Forestry Commission.