- Defra media briefing on the new digital service attracts high-profile coverage -
London, UK – April 15th, 2014 – Digital solutions company Kainos has been commended by the Government Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) for its role in the success of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) digital mapping solution which it is helping to develop.
At a media briefing last week Jo Broomfield, Programme Director for Defra’s CAP delivery programme, praised the momentum behind the new £154 million IT system. Both Farmers’ Weekly and Farmers’ Guardian print editions picked up the story, quoting Defra officials who expressed confidence in the system – specifically that it will “ensure there is no repeat of the 2005 payments fiasco, ahead of a fundamental change in the way Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments are delivered.”
The sophisticated new digital service, which supports subsidy payments to farmers, will ultimately allow farmers, foresters and agents to manage their land online via a new online mapping facility. Farmers will also have the facility to assess, apply and track the applications for funding under the new 2015 CAP programme. The solution will process over £2bn in subsidy payments annually.
The new online service will be rolled out to around 450 farmers from July, and be expanded to around 100,000 users by the end of the year. The service replaces the current systems used by CAP delivery bodies in England – Forestry Commission, Natural England, Rural Payments Agency and Rural Development Programme for England.
Hundreds of IT experts, including specialists from Kainos, are working together to build a single online application and payments system in time for the new CAP schemes in 2015. Kainos is responsible for developing the CAP online service, which is targeted for its first (private beta) release in July this year.
Kainos was the sole delivery partner for the original prototype phase between October 2012 and January 2013, which was well received by users and Defra Ministers responsible for CAP. Marc Heasman, Service Manager at Defra, said, “We have already achieved so much within short timescales and we continue to work at pace with colleagues from Kainos to deliver the first release of the service to customers in July.”
A video presentation of the new CAP solution, delivered by Ali Rawashdeh, a Kainos specialist working on the CAP programme, is available via a link on the Farmers’ Weekly web site at http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/25/03/2014/143881/video-digital-mapping-for-cap-2015-unveiled.htm.
Kainos is a respected leader in digital technology solutions, particularly in the public sector, healthcare and financial services sectors. In the public sector, Kainos provides digital services to government departments and agencies in the UK. Our solutions are closely aligned with government priorities: we focus on cost-efficiency and making public online services more accessible and easier to use. Kainos digital solutions are developed collaboratively with government experts using agile methodologies and – where appropriate – open-source software. This means our solutions are quicker to deploy and can be reused across the public sector.
Further information on CAP services can be found at https://www.gov.uk/transformation/rural-support