Scottish LMO payment begins

Farmers and other land managers will begin to receive their share of £6.7 million of rural development payments from next week.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has confirmed the Scottish Government’s Rural Payment and Inspectorate Division (RPID) has begun processing more than 5,000 Land Managers Option (LMO) payments for the 2014 scheme year. The scheme supports agri-environment and animal health and welfare measures.

Mr Lochhead said, “I am pleased to be able to confirm the process of making LMO payments for the 2014 scheme year is now underway, with the first funds due to arrive in bank accounts from Monday. The Scottish Government recognises the importance of this support for the farming industry, and we have been pulling out all the stops to make these payments as soon as possible after the extended Single Application Form (SAF) window closed.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates how the Scottish Government is delivering for Scotland’s farmers as we deal with gargantuan challenge of implementing the biggest CAP reform in a generation. We continue to work flat out to be able to begin making basic payments by the end of the year.”

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