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Farmers offered more certainty and support

[IMG][/IMG] A plan to stabilise and improve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payment process has been unveiled by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing. ‘CAP Plan for Stabilisation' will tackle the major causes of poor customer service, error and payment delay by: Providing a clear payment schedule for our schemes to help customers plan ahead Launching a loan scheme for eligible 2017 Basic Payment Scheme customers Operating a reliable IT platform that meets customer expectations Setting out customer service standards, supported by streamlined customer guidance and more effective communication processes Announcing the plan during a statement to Parliament, he said:"We are absolutely committed to ensuring that CAP entitlements are paid promptly and in full, and I am clear that we have not achieved that aim in recent times. [Read Full Article]