RABDF urges farmers to check contact details on Government websites

The RABDF is urging farmers to check their contact details are correct on websites such as the RPA and Cattle Tracing System (CTS), following the temporary closure of offices due to coronavirus.

From Friday 27 March most RPA sites were closed as part of coronavirus measures. As a result, farmers will be contacted when necessary by phone or email.

Likewise, any correspondence with the RPA or government services should be made by email or online where possible.

Post is not being delivered to these sites, nor will post be sent from these locations.  However, BP5 paper forms have been issued as planned.

This means all general letters, such as those asking for confirmation of information will be done over the phone or by email.

For customers where there is no valid email address or there is a regulatory or customer requirement for items to be sent in hard copy, options are being discussed.  Plans will be confirmed in due course.

Further details can be found on www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-farmers-landowners-and-rural-businesses . Farmers are asked to check the page for regular updates on the contingency arrangements.

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.