Dairy Support Scheme - WALES

Posted by ChantelleStenner on June 23, 2020

Dairy Support Scheme - WALES

June 23, 2020 at 3:44 PM

The Dairy Support Scheme is now open and will close on 14th  August 2020

The Dairy Support Scheme has been introduced to support those dairy producers hardest hit by the recent exceptional market conditions due to Covid-19. The scheme was announced by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs on 9 May 2020.

The Dairy Support Scheme is to assist the hardest hit dairy producers following severe impacts in some parts of the sector. The support is designed to assist producers with meeting their fixed costs in order to sustain productive capacity for milk and maintain their environmental and animal health and welfare standards.

Eligible dairy producers will be entitled to a one off payment of up to £10,000, to cover 70% of their lost income to help them to continue to meet fixed costs and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare and the environment. 

Who is eligible?

 

  • The scheme will be open to cattle, sheep, goat and buffalo dairy producers who are able to evidence a milk price reduction of 25% or over from sales of milk under contract to a third party/processor.
  • This scheme is for producers in Wales only. However, if you are a cross-border farmer with land in more than one part of the UK you may apply if the majority of your land is located in Wales and you received your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 payment from Rural Payments Wales (RPW).
  • Dairy producers will need to demonstrate they have suffered a reduction of 25% or more in the average price paid for their milk in April and subsequently May, when compared to February 2020.
  • Payments will not be made for May losses alone.
  • To be eligible for May, dairy producers must have first suffered a loss of 25% or more to their average milk price in April.
  • Direct sellers of milk are not eligible for the Dairy Support Scheme, please do not apply if you fall into this category. 3
  • Applicants must not have been in financial difficulty 1 on 31 December 2019. 

When will the grant payment be paid?

Completed applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than 14 August 2020.

Processing of your application will not be made until all supporting documents have been submitted.

The on-line application must be submitted to Rural Payments Wales by this date.  You will not be able to submit the form after this date, even if you started filling in the form on or before 14 August 2020.

As part of this application process you will be required to declare any aid you have received under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework to evidence that you will not exceed the maximum level of aid allowed and that you were not an undertaking in difficulty4 on 31 December 2019.

For more information or to apply for the grant please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

 

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