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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02201: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that all farmers applying for CAP funding in 2017-18 receive the correct materials to carry out the required mapping processes.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 6 September 2016

Guidance is available from the Rural Payments and Inspections Division detailing the mapping rules, online facilities are available for farmers to view their maps to ensure their accuracy and we proactively encourage claimants to engage with their local Rural Payments and Inspections offices who are able to provide assistance and guidance in maintaining their mapping information.

The Scottish Government proactively review mapping information utilising Aerial Photography, information from Ordinance Survey and data gathered from land inspections as part of the claim validation process. In addition claimants of CAP funding have for a number of years been encouraged to review their land maps and ensure that they are up to date and accurate.