Welsh Government’s Emergency Support Measures for Farmers During COVID-19

Welsh Government’s Emergency Support Measures for Farmers During COVID-19

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020

Interventions have been made to shore up farmers and growers in Wales during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The Welsh Government has announced a series of emergency measures to support Wales’ farmers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, recognising the crucial role they play in feeding the nation.

Acknowledging the challenges facing the sector as a result of coronavirus, and during what is normally a busy time of year even under normal circumstances, farmers will now have an extra month to submit their Single Application Form (SAF), with the deadline now extended to 15 June 2020.

In response to concerns about Crop Diversification requirements following the recent flooding and the added pressure and uncertainties coronavirus brings, the Welsh Government has also confirmed it is removing the requirements completely for the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

An additional £5.5 million has been allocated to the BPS and Glastir support scheme, which has reopened to support those farmers who are yet to receive their 2019 BPS and/or Glastir payments. Farmers will be able to apply for support through the scheme to alleviate potential cash flow problems.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said:

'The situation we face is unprecedented but we will do all we can to continue supporting our valued rural communities across Wales.

'The measures I have announced will help our farmers keep doing the great work they do and help the sector during this difficult time.'

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