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Rural Payments


Scottish Government Rural Payments & Inspections Division (RPID) - On Farm Inspections

  • Inspectors from RPID Area Offices will shortly commence on farm inspections for land and certain aspects of cross compliance.
  • These inspections are part of the verification process for 2020 Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 payments.  
  • This year, as a result of COVID-19, RPID inspectors will contact all farmers and crofters ahead of visiting to ensure discussion on changes to inspection processes due to Covid-19 along with any concerns raised.  
  • Changes have been made to protect both the businesses being inspected and inspectors including significantly reducing the time on farm.
  • RPID inspector will undertake as much of the checks that they can remotely before visiting the farm or croft to undertake a check on activity and anything that doesn’t match in with the desk assessment. This should reduce the time on farm to a minimum.
  • RPID do not intend to come into contact with the farmer or crofter and will avoid the steading area where possible. 
  • Inspectors will carry appropriate PPE and hand sanitiser which they will utilise if they need to open any gates.
  • Those who are also selected for cross compliance checks, will be asked whether they are content (whilst following social distancing) to allow access to steading areas during the land inspection in order to reduce the need for a second visit. This will only be by mutual agreement and with a clearly laid out approach to avoid contact.



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