Guidance at agricultural show for West Norfolk farmers moving into the digital age

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The Rural Payments Agency will be helping farmers to bring their businesses into the digital age at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association (LAMMA) show at Peterborough this week.

The Agency will be promoting its increasingly popular service Single Payment Scheme (SPS) Online at the show being held at the East of England Showground on Wednesday and Thursday, January 22 and 23. It will be helping farmers, land owners and agents apply for vital European agricultural support payments which can be paper-free.

The service is an easy, quick, digital way of applying for the payments. It removes the need to complete paper forms, increases security, decreases the chance of errors and gives an instant receipt of application for peace of mind.

The Agency will have a manned stall at LAMMA, where a team of expert representatives will be on hand to talk farmers through using the service and answer any questions they may have.

RPA Customer Director Justin Chamberlain said the show was a great opportunity for claimants to see how easy SPS Online is to use. He added:

“LAMMA is one of the biggest shows on the calendar for us, and is an important opportunity to demonstrate SPS Online to farmers who haven’t had a chance to see what 55,000 claimants are already using.

“Alongside our SPS Online demonstrator we will be offering information and literature, including cross compliance guidance, handbooks and leaflets. A dedicated team will be on hand to help the 40,000 farmers visiting the event realise the benefits and advantages of using SPS Online.

“Last year more farmers and agents used SPS Online than applied on paper, reaping the benefits of added security, built-in checks and an instant receipt of their application.”

To use SPS Online for the first time, claimants need to register on the Government Gateway’s website. They will also be sent a personal identification number, which is all they will need with their business ID (Single Business Identifier) to use SPS Online.