Farming

Agriculture is an important sector of the Scottish economy. The vast majority of land in Scotland is under agricultural production and the sector is responsible for much of Scotland's food exports.

In rural areas the industry creates many economic, environmental and social benefits, with a large number of people directly employed in agricultural activities.

The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) was a programme of economic, environmental and social measures, worth some £1.2 billion, designed to develop rural Scotland from 2007 to 2013. The next stage of the SRDP will cover the years 2014 to 2020.

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Rural Payments and Services

 

We know land managers, farmers, crofters, agents and other customers want one system that is easy to use, so we are building a new online service for all of the CAP schemes.

 

We are working with Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland to develop a new online service that will make submitting an application or making a claim clearer, simpler and smarter.

 

We don’t expect to have everything online until 2017 and we’re doing everything we can to make the transition from paper to online as smooth as possible.  We’re hosting regular focus groups throughout Scotland and we’re using the feedback to help us shape the new approach and to deliver what customers really want and value – now and in the future.

 

  • Easy to follow scheme guidance and information
  • Jargon-free language and no unexplained acronyms
  • Better help and search tools
  • Up-to-date map information
  • Auto updates and reminders
  • Information and communications secure and in one place

 

We’ve developed an online introduction to Rural Payments and Services and a short film to guide customers and agents through what’s coming. Go to http://www.ruralpayments.org/ to find out more and sign up to take part in one of the focus groups or pilot.  You will also be able to see our timeline – it shows what you can expect, when more information will be available and when we will hold roadshows across Scotland.


 

Rural Matters Facebook page

To provide you with more information, we are inviting you to sign up to RPID’s new Facebook page, to help us engage with you, our rural stakeholders better. Please sign up now and press ‘like’ to follow us - Rural Matters.

 

Our page is full of interesting rural topics including fun rural facts, posts on rural topics and Scottish food recipes.  We will post videos/interviews with our Chief Agricultural Officer, Drew Sloan and others within RPID, and footage out and about on farms across Scotland.

 

We will also post photos from various events to keep you informed of Ministerial events and what is happening across different RPID area offices.  We hope you will get to know RPID better and will understand the diverse careers we have, so we will post a monthly ‘a wee chat with…’ different RPID staff members.  Our ‘wee chats’ will also feature interviews from others involved in the rural industry (such as farmers, crofters and rural groups) talking about their role and how they try to make a difference.

 

We also have a new refreshed Flickr page full of photos from various rural events, that you may find interesting too.  And a You Tube account for videos we will post on Facebook.

 

We hope these new channels will be forums that you will enjoy and would like to get involved with.  Please email us at RPIDRovingReporter@scotland.gsi.gov.uk – with your ideas for content for the channels and suggestions for farms or events to visit.  Perhaps you would like us to interview you or visit your farm to take photos or do a video ‘down on the farm’?  We want you to tell us what is happening in your area!

 


Fraud Warning - please be aware of fraudsters targeting the farming community.

 

Rural Development Contracts

Rural Development Contracts: a new interactive map search tool has been developed. This new map-based tool allows you to search your area of interest for land designations. These must be taken into account when applying for Rural Development Contracts and/or Felling licenses.

 

RPID Customer Satisfaction Survey to Inform the Futures Programme

 

Scotland Rural Development Programme - Transitional Funding