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Advice, guidance, and webinars to help mitigate high prices.

First published:
10 June 2022
Last updated:

Introduction

We are aware of the impact increasing input costs are having on agricultural producers. In particular, the price of:

  • fuel
  • feed
  • fertiliser

We are closely monitoring the position via the UK Agriculture Market Monitoring Group (on gov.uk).

The following information includes advice, guidance, and webinars to help mitigate high prices. This includes:

Cashflow - BPS advance payments

We are providing advance Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments again this year. This will help with cash-flow certainty. Our support will continue to help you, including:

  • our commitment to continue the Basic Payment Scheme unchanged in 2023.
  • extending Glastir contracts until the end of 2023

Most farmers will receive a payment worth 70% of their estimated claim value in October. Balance payments will follow from December.

Transitional schemes

On 1 April, we announced a package of support for:

  • farmers
  • foresters
  • land managers
  • food businesses

This is worth over £227 million over the next three financial years. These schemes will support the resilience of the rural economy.

Small Grants – Efficiency

The application window for the new Small Grants – Efficiency scheme opened on 18 May. It will close 29 June with a £5 million budget. The scheme provides a grant of between £1,000 and £12,000 of support for farmers. Investment in new technology and equipment will improve technical, financial and environmental performance.

The scheme will enable use of technology, such as

  • livestock electronic identification (EID)
  • crop monitoring technology
  • precision application equipment
  • GPS

You will be able to collect and use data to make informed management decisions. These can contribute to increasing productivity and financial performance.

Growing for the Environment

Support to mitigate some of the impact of increasing fertiliser costs. It offers an opportunity to:

  • graze cover crops in spring, and/or
  • utilise the cover crop as green manure in the spring for use by the following crop

There will be two application windows in 2022. A window for autumn sown crops will open on 20 June.

It will support you to grow crops which provide:

  • environmental
  • biodiversity and
  • production benefits

These include protein crops, mixed leys (also known as herbal leys) and cover crops.

The support will enable you to enhance the environment. You will also be able to respond to increasing input cost by growing more home-grown forage.

Support for the horticultural sector

With a vibrant horticulture sector, we aim to develop a sustainable agricultural industry.

It delivers a range of environmental, social and economic benefits. By growing more horticultural produce, people can access fresh and healthy local produce.

Two complementary schemes are available:

Supports new entrants into the Welsh horticulture sector. The Expression of Interest (EoI) window opened on 25 May 2022 and will close on 29 June 2022.

Grants for existing commercial horticulture growers to invest in new technology and equipment. The first application window, with a budget of £1.5 million, is currently open.

Feed

Fertiliser

Further support

You can:

Farmwell Wales is an online information hub. You can get advice on personal and business resilience for you and your family.

Glastir contracts

We are aware of the difficulties many farmers are facing due to increasing costs. RPW is continuing to monitor the situation closely.

If farmers need to make changes to management practices which may impact on their ability to deliver Glastir commitments they should contact RPW immediately to request a derogation.

Full consideration will be given to all requests on a case by case basis. Annual payments may be affected where contract requirements cannot be delivered.

Details of the Glastir option and field number/s should be provided, along with as much information as possible regarding the circumstances leading to the request. Depending on the issue, supporting evidence may also be requested. Farmers must not deviate from their Glastir contract requirements before receiving approval from RPW.