Announcing the details at today’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Rebecca Evans, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, said pay-outs will start tomorrow (Tuesday, December 1).
CAP reform, a wholly new payments system, greening and other complex elements, alongside a legal challenge and a period of unprecedented pressure on public spending have all impacted on our efforts to make payments, she added.
Despite the pressures, BPS part-payments of approximately 80 per cent of their full payment value would be made to the majority of farmers throughout December, with the vast majority of remaining part-payments being made as early as possible in the New Year.
The balance, or final 20 per cent payment, would be completed by April, although a minority of payments, such as probate cases, would take longer.
“I am very pleased to announce that farmers in Wales will start to receive their BPS part-payments from tomorrow - the first date on which payments are allowed to be made under European Commission rules,” said Mrs Evans.
“In fact, over 50 per cent of claims have already been processed and their part-payments should be with them within the first week.
“This has been helped by the fact that 72 per cent of applications were submitted using our online service which cuts down on mistakes and consequential delays.”
She also praised the hard work of Rural Payments Wales (RPW) staff, and urged farmers not to call in to check the progress of their claim. That would only delay the validation of further payments.