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Check your maps!

SCOTTISH FARMERS who have not yet checked their new farm maps have been urged to do so – and immediately report any 'issues or errors' to their local SGRPID office.

NFU Scotland policy director, Jonnie Hall said: "Our priority has always been to ensure that any adverse impact on our members from mapping requirements is minimised.

"We appreciate that can be challenging, but we have to work with Scottish Government and EU rules to ensure maps are correct if we are to minimise the risk of any unnecessary deductions to payments made under SFP, LFASS and the like,

"If any member hasn't yet checked their maps, we would urge them to do so now ahead of lambing, calving and spring work. If any issues or errors emerge, then contact your local SGRPID office as soon as possible so that these can be addressed before IACS forms are due to be submitted in May."

Last week, Aberfeldy farmer Calum McDiarmid highlighted what he felt were a catalogue of errors in SGRPID's redrawing of his farm map. This week, he appealed to the Government to set out a clear and quick route to resolving his and others' complaints.

"My local office suggested I wait till May and deal with this alongside my IACS form – but I'll have enough to do in May. Why can't I correct this now, while there's still snow on the ground?" he asked.

"We need a procedure to fix this set out by the end of February, leading to resolution by the end of March. Then we can be free to get on with doing our jobs in April."

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