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Scottish dairy farmers urged to apply for £2.4m fund before May 1

Application rates have surged in the final few days, but remaining dairy farmers risk missing out



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The scheme opened for applications in March, but last week NFUS warned only 20 per cent of farmers had applied for up to £4000.

 

Over 50 per cent of farmers have now applied and the Union is encouraging those yet to apply to push ahead with their forms.


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£4,000

For farmers in Bute, Arran, Mull and the Kintyre peninsula

£3,250

For farmers paid under 20ppl in 2016

£2,000

For farmers paid under 25ppl in 2016

£1,000

For farmers paid over 25ppl in 2016

NFU Scotland has urged farmers to ‘act now’ before the deadline of May 1.

 

NFU Scotland’s Milk Policy Manager George Jamieson said: “The good news is that Scottish dairy farmers are now cracking on with their applications.

 

“For those still to apply, can I remind them that valuable financial support is available to them through this scheme and I remind them that the deadline is Monday 1 May.

 

“Given the fragile state of our dairy sector, funding of between £1000 and £4000 is available. With feed and fertiliser prices rising, and milk prices levelling off, this is money that will be welcome to all.

 

“To secure those funds, Europe has insisted that producers commit to actions that will help them cope with future market volatility.

 

Opportunities

 

"The Scottish Government, in consultation with industry stakeholders including NFUS, agreed that simple production profiling and milk recording are appropriate. These both offer opportunities to manage, with more certainty, milk production in line with market needs, and create a vast amount of data that will be useful to the individual farmer and the sector.

 

“We urge those still to apply to get a copy of the application form, read the guidance and apply. The funds are significant, particularly for those who have been receiving the poorest milk prices over a prolonged period, and the wider benefits on production profiling and milk recording we believe could be of lasting benefit.”

More information

  • Application forms for the scheme are on Scottish Government’s website here or at your local RPID office
  • Guidance on the scheme has been provided via the Scottish Dairy Hub and NFUS and can be read here
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