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Scottish farmers to be offered BPS loans

A similar scheme in 2017 delivered payments of more than £317million to over 13,500 farmers.

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Scottish farmers to be offered BPS loans

Scottish farmers were once again to be offered interest free loans which will be set against the money due to them under Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

 

Loan payments of up to 90 per cent of the 2018 BPS were expected to be made to eligible farmers from early October.

 

A similar scheme in 2017 delivered payments of more than £317million to over 13,500 farmers.

 

Farmers will need to opt-in to the scheme.

 

Support

 

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish Government is of course committed to supporting our farmers, and have responded by taking decisive action to make this extra funding stream available.

 

“We will be issuing loan offers shortly, providing a much-needed cash injection for those feeling the effects of increased prices for feed and fodder, the impact of restraints on irrigating their land, and in some cases resorting to selling livestock earlier than planned to preserve fodder for breeding stocks.”


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NFU Scotland

NFU Scotland has welcomed the loan scheme but has also asked Scottish Government to:

  • Seek a derogation of the three crop rule from the European Commission
  • Shorten the EFA fallow period so that it runs only from April 15 to July 15 each year
  • Relax their rules that require ‘Green Manure crops’ such as clover, peas and oats to be ploughed in after August 15

Mr Ewing made the announcement while visiting Gryffewraes at Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire, farmed by NFU Scotland’s Regional Chairman for Forth and Clyde Region Willie Harper.

 

In a normal year, Mr Harper makes 2000 bales of silage to feed to his cattle over winter but this year only 1000 have been made. Planning ahead, he has, for the first time, sown a hybrid kale in to stubble to provide a winter forage for cows.

 

Silage

 

He has also for the first time bought fertiliser to spread on grassland in September again a first in a bid to extend the grazing season for his stock.

 

Mr Harper said: “Although my silage stocks are 50 percent compared to a normal year, I know from speaking to other farmers around the country that I am the lucky one and many have had to feed their silage to livestock this summer just to keep their animals going.

 

“I have put plans in place that will hopefully extend my grazing but that has come at a cost of close to five figures. News that the loan scheme money will come through in October will help address that hole in my cash flow.”

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