“The announcement that over 50 per cent of Welsh farmers should be receiving their BPS part payments before Christmas is good news - but we are advising farmers to check their payment statements carefully in light of issues arising over discrepancies,” said NFU Cymru’s deputy president, John Davies.
“It is important that once you receive the payment you should carefully check the statement which is available via Rural Payments Wales online to make sure that everything is in order.
“Being the first year of this new scheme, the complicated rules and the changes to the eligibility of land with trees, it is important that if there are any discrepancies in terms of the land area declared by RPW compared to what you feel is correct then these need to be queried and challenged as soon as possible.
“We have already come across a number of cases where we feel penalties have been unfairly applied and have taken this matter up with the Welsh Government.
“Rural Payments Wales must continue to put every available resource into getting payments out to all farmers with the minimum of delay,” he added.
“This year has seen a cash flow crisis affecting all sectors of the industry in Wales and the importance of EU support payments is crucial in helping to compensate farmers for market failure, manage price volatility and reward high standards of farming.”