Advisers call for changes to AEOS application form
Changes to the application process for the new Agri- Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) are being sought by farm advisers.
The Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) has called for a simple AEOS application form to be accepted, with further documentation to be submitted at a later date.
Farm advisers will not have enough time to deal with the number of AEOS applications expected, the association has warned.
The group has called for an extension to the closing date of May 17 to cater for farmers who wish to enter the environmental scheme.
"There are simply not enough hours in the day to complete applications for all the farmers involved," warned Pat Minnock, president of the Agricultural Advisers Association (ACA).
"Our planners are working around the clock but we are calling for an extension to the closing date at least until May 31.
"We are also calling for a simple form, such as that used for REPS 4 in 2008, to be accepted.
"Supporting documentation such as maps, environmental management plans and commonage information could be submitted later."