CAP reform post 2014

Wednesday, 22 April, 2015

Updated 29/05/2015

The implementation process for the newly reformed CAP has proved to be very complex and difficult with many truly active farmers are falling foul of a highly imperfect system. We pushed DARD for clarity and satisfactory resolutions to be found to important issues such as greening, regional reserve, and land availability. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts DARD continued to insist on overcomplicating the greening requirements and no solution to the land availability issue was forthcoming.

With the deadline for Single Applications now past, the UFU's focus is now on ensuring that DARD have an efficient and effective processing system in place. The UFU;s main objective is to see payments to farmers made as soon as the EU payment window opens in December 2015.

The UFU's May video blog features CEO Wesley Aston talking on this issue.

Useful information

Information about Area Based Schemes

DARD online services – Free online services and tools to help farmers including 2015 Single Application Form; a Field Classification Identifier; a Greening Calculator and a Basic Payment Scheme; and Greening Payment Calculator. 

CAP guidance booklets – including completing your Single Application on-line, area based schemes, greening, young farmers’ payment, regional reserve, areas of natural constraint, and cross compliance.

Q&A for farmers on CAP