‘Scottish Derogation’ may help young farmers and others: FFA

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Farmers For Action have sent a request to the Minister asking her to verify if the so-called ‘Scottish Derogation’, now being implemented in Southern Ireland, is available to Northern Ireland, as this could be a great help to young farmers who have had no entitlements from the previous CAP and entitled to only a fifth in the current CAP in 2015.

The Direct Payment Regulation includes the option for Member States to allocate payment entitlements to persons who never held entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme but who actively farmed in 2013, the so-called Scottish Derogation.

In line with the support granted under all previous Pillar I schemes, this provision is only available to persons who undertook their agricultural activity within the beef, dairy, sheep or arable sectors.

Under the provisions of EU Regulation 1307/2013, farmers applying under this measure will be required to provide verifiable evidence of such production on May 15, 2013.

The Regulation also allows for the allocation of entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme to farmers who do not hold an automatic Allocation Right but who grew fruit and/or vegetables in 2013 on a minimum area of one hectare, the Fruit and Vegetable Provision. This Provision is only available to those who grew these products on a minimum of 1ha in 2013.

FFA’s William Taylor said: “FFA have been trying for some time to find solutions for some of the most deserving young farmers who have farmed in their own right since 2013 or before and had no support from the previous CAP and are currently set to lose out substantially again. Therefore we are hopeful that the Minister can clarify if this new information can be used very shortly indeed as the 15th May approaches.”