Scottish farmers warned to check SFP claims.

Farmers in Scotland who include ineligible land in their single farm payment applications could find themselves automatically facing penalites, the Scottish government has warned.

Under tightened Single Application Form rules, failure to make deductions for hard features such as roads, ponds and new buildings will be deemed as intentional, resulting in farmers being fined.

Claiming for permanent, impenetrable vegetation like gorse or bracken or areas of scree could also be deemed an intentional error at inspection.

The Scottish government said it was important farmers double checked their forms to ensure their claims only covered eligible land.

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