RPA delivers early on special support for hill farmers

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has paid out more than £750,000 to beef and sheep farmers working on some of the most difficult terrain in England.

The Agency has made Uplands Transitional Payments for 2014, the final year of the scheme, to 440 farmers, which equates to 99 percent of those eligible and 99 percent of the total value of the scheme being paid.

RPA Customer Director Justin Chamberlain said: “Hill farmers work in difficult conditions to produce high quality English food and manage some of our most prized landscapes. The RPA is committed to supporting farmers and food producers to boost rural economies so I am pleased that 99 percent of those eligible have received their money within just a few days of payments starting.

“Farmers are already receiving these funds a month earlier than usual this year thanks to efficient processing of claims and these impressive payout figures highlight our determination to continue to deliver accurate and timely payments.

“We are now focused on ensuring that the handful of farmers who have not yet received their payments are paid as soon as possible.”

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