Preparations are under way within DAERA to conduct checks on 2017 Basic Payment Scheme applicants suspected of not meeting active farmer requirements.

A question-and-answers booklet, for anyone who receives a letter from DAERA stating that further evidence is required, was published on the department’s website this week. “The cases which are a particular focus of attention are those where an applicant has declared grass but has no livestock or very low livestock numbers or where arable land may have been rented out in previous years,” the booklet reads.