Greening was introduced to improve the environmental performance of farming. A new Greening payment 'for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and environment' will be paid on top of the Basic Payment Scheme from 2015. Of Scotland's Pillar 1 budget, 30 per cent will be allocated to the Greening payment.
Under the CAP reform, it is mandatory for applicants to the Basic Payment Scheme to comply with Greening requirements (where relevant) on their land. In return for this, an additional Greening payment will be made. The Greening requirements cover:
- Permanent grassland
- Crop Diversification
- Ecological Focus Areas ( EFAs).
For more detailed guidance on Greening, please refer to our Greening booklet which can be found online at https://www.ruralpayments.org