NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw has responded to the RPA's announcement that more than 3,800 bridging payments worth around £43 million have been made to farmers and land managers, meeting the RPA’s commitment to complete bridging payments by the end of May.
NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw said:
“The NFU called on the government to release outstanding 2019 payments for agri-environment schemes earlier this year. Given the additional challenges with the appearance of COVID 19, I’m delighted that the RPA has responded and delivered on its promise to complete bridging payments to all eligible outstanding claimants by the end of May. I am hopeful that the RPA will deliver on their target of finalising payment processing by the end of June so that the remaining monies lands in farmers bank accounts in the coming weeks.
“Farmers have finally been rewarded for their vital work enhancing and protecting our environment that was delivered throughout last year. This is a positive step and I call on RPA to make full payments for 2020 in December following what has become a hugely challenging year as a result of COVID-19, a relentlessly wet winter, and now the ongoing dry weather.”
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