NFU SCOTLAND has issued a two-week warning to farmer and crofters to complete their Single Applications before the window closes on May 17.

The Union understands that around one third of expected applications have been completed – which is ahead of the same point in 2019, but lower than this time last year.

The online application process has significantly improved in recent years and most applications are now made online. By applying online, the system will flag any errors before submitting it.

In line with recent years, paper forms will not be automatically posted out and must instead be requested from SGRPID Local Area Offices. For those with queries, Local Area Offices are currently operating an answer machine service.

There is also the option to make use of a new SGRPID web chat facility or to contact Rural Matters, the Scottish Government Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate, on Facebook or Twitter.

NFUS Director of Policy Jonnie Hall said: “The recent dry weather may have been a welcome distraction for many farmers and crofters who are yet to complete their 2021 SAF but we cannot emphasise enough how important prioritising this annual application is. The deadline of May 17 is fast approaching, and we urge farmers and crofters to concentrate on completing their submission now rather than at the last minute.”