CLA president Ross Murray has said the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will need to be scrapped when a new system of farm payments is introduced.
He made the remarks during a debate on the future of farming at the Countryfile Live event in Oxfordshire.
But Mr Murray said the current system was ‘essentially unfair’ because people could be left waiting years for payments.
He claimed the CLA’s new Land Management Contract would solve the problem by forcing the Government into a two-way legally binding agreement with applicants.
“It completely turns around the contractual relationship, because if the state does not pay then you could be allowed a punitive rate of interest”, Mr Murray added.
“You would need a different administrative regime than the current RPA – we are going to have to change it.
“The other thing I would say is you would probably need to test with some pilots over the next two or three years. You do not want to go straight into a new system, otherwise it will be a car crash.”
The RPA has been subjected to considerable criticism for its poor delivery of BPS payments, and just this week a new NFU survey revealed 14 per cent of farmers still had problems with their 2015 and 2016 claims.
Natural England has come under similar pressure because of huge delays in delivering Countryside Stewardship cash.
In March, Natural England boss Guy Thompson admitted he did not believe the issues would be ironed out next year during a stormy select committee evidence session.
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