The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application window has opened for farmers to claim for their 2022 payments. The claim window for customers with existing Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES) revenue agreements has also opened.
Farmers are being encouraged to apply as soon as they are able, to ensure applications are submitted ahead of the deadline of May 16.
All applicants can quickly update their personal and business information by applying through the Rural Payments service, where farmers and their agents can also view and transfer their BPS entitlements and land parcels.
Paul Caldwell, chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency, said: “I am pleased that last year we paid over 98% of all BPS claims in the first month. “This year we are committed to match this target, and ensure timely payments to all farmers and land managers – but we strongly encourage all eligible farmers to submit their applications as soon as possible.
“We will continue to build on our performance while also supporting farmers across the country to make the most of the opportunities arising from the transition to the new farming schemes.”