NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is urging farmers to make sure they don’t miss out on funding.
Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, has added his voice to a reminder by the Farmers’ Union of Wales that time to apply for a Basic Payment Scheme loan closes on Friday November 30.
He said: “Earlier this year I was extremely disappointed when Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, would not bring the date forward to release monies under the Basic Payment Scheme, until December.
“Many farmers were extremely concerned following a disastrous harvest during the drought this summer and I felt the BPS should have been released earlier.
“However, it wasn’t and I would now urge all farmers who are eligible for this scheme to ensure they take advantage of the financial help available and apply for the loan.”
The funding is available to those farmers who have submitted an application for BPS 2018 via the Single Application Form (SAF) 2018.
The BPS loan facility has been put in place to help farmers who may not receive their 2018 BPS payment when the payment window opens on December 1.
FUW Pembrokeshire CEO Rebecca Voyle said: “It is expected that the loan payments will be made during the week starting December 10 2018 and all BPS loan payments will be made direct to farmers bank accounts.
“The loan value paid to farmers will be a maximum of 70% of their estimated 2018 BPS payment, which will be based on the area declared for BPS on the SAF 2018 and the number of payment entitlements held on May 15 2018.
“I would like to urge all eligible farmers to consider making an application before the deadline as there will be no further opportunity to apply for a BPS loan after November 30.
“If you have any questions about completing your BPS Loan application you can either contact RPW’s Customer Contact Centre on 0300 062 5004, or your local county office,” added Mrs Voyle.
Further details regarding BPS Loans are also available on the Welsh Government’s Website (https://beta.gov.wales/basic-payment-scheme-loan-rules-booklet).