The news that the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will fail to meet its target of paying 95% of single farm payments by the end of March has been met with anger from farming leaders.
Peter Kendall, NFU President, reacted to the news that estimated total payouts would now be nearer 90% and said "We have been here too many times before. This is the sixth year of the scheme and we should be past this sort of news. But it has become very apparent that there is still no real progress."
William Worsley, President of the Country Landowners Association, said he was 'extremely disappointed.' "We appreciate the Minister has taken over an appalling situation not of his making, but it is not of farmers' making either and is wholly unreasonable they should be expected to put up with any more of this."
Greg Bliss, Tenant Farmers Association National Chairman, has described the situation as 'dire'.