Single Payment Scheme deadline is 31 December

Growers are being urged by Government paymasters to apply for cash allocations before they miss the deadline.

Growers of permanent fruit and vegetable crops, including commercial orchards, as well as nursery crops and vines, have until 31 December to register for entitlements.

New Single Payment Scheme (SPS) entitlements will be available for first use in 2010, said the Rural Payments Agency.

"Growers who already claim SPS for other land and wish to register for new entitlements must register with agency," said a representative.

"Early registration will ensure the land is mapped and field numbers allocated in advance of applicants completing their new entitlements application form."

Growers are advised to read information note 2 at www.rpa.gov.uk/new-entitlements for guidance, especially those who have not applied before.


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