Ahead of the submission of the single application form (SAF) on 15 May 2017, claimants have been reminded by DAERA that it is their responsibility to ensure that all the land they claim is eligible.

Farm maps that accompany each application indicate the maximum eligible area (MEA) in each field, but farmers should not assume that this MEA is correct. Some ineligible features such as smaller areas of scrub might not have been captured in the MEA and they should all be removed. It is only if the total ineligible area of a field does not exceed 0.01ha (100m2) that no deduction is required.