AM welcomes relief package for Denbighshire farmers

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones has welcomed news that a total of 2,665 Welsh farmers have now received advanced payments totalling £23 million, thanks to a decision taken by the Welsh Labour Government.

Last month the Minister, Alun Davies, announced that he was bringing forward single farm subsidy payments to help farmers facing cash flow difficulties as a result of the severe weather in March and April this year.

The Welsh Labour Government is the only country in the UK to provide early payments to farmers.
Over 3,000 farmers across Wales, including those in Denbighshire will receive the advance payment, of up to 50 percent of the single farm subsidy, by the end of this October.

Responding to the Minister’s announcement, Mrs Jones said: “I am delighted that so many farmers have received their payments on the first day of the advanced payment window.

“Farmers are facing some significant challenges due to our changing climate and rising costs. I hope that earlier access to funds for those who endured the most severe weather earlier this year, see some relief from the financial pressures they are experiencing during this particularly crucial time of year.

“The agricultural industry is very important to the economy of Denbighshire and I welcome the support that the Welsh Government is continuing to show for the industry”.

Following the severe spring weather, the Minister met with farmers and set out a package of support which included £500,000 for farmers through farming charities, as well as ongoing one-to-one support through Farming Connect and a relaxation of rules around on-farm burial.

The Minister also commissioned an independent review into the resilience of the farming industry and preparedness of Government for these sorts of contingencies. The initial phase of the review has been completed and found that the interventions the Minister put in place during the period of bad weather were appropriate to the situation in Wales.