A NEW online system will make it quicker and easier to apply for farm payments from Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes, according to Farming Minister David Heath.

From scheme year 2015, Defra will introduce a single computer system for all CAP funding in England, irrespective of the delivery body the funding was claimed through.

As part of the Farming Regulation Task Force drive to cut red tape in farming, recipients will only have to enter their details once online to a single point of contact rather than for each CAP scheme they apply for.

Mr Heath said it would also reduce running costs, improve targeting of farm inspections and make it easier to adapt to future changes.