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94% of farmers paid on first day

paid on the first dayAN IMPRESSIVE 94 per cent of Welsh farmers received their Single Payments on the first day of the payment window, Alun Davies, the Minister for Natural Resources and food announced today.

This is in addition to the 3,100 farmers affected by the severe weather during March and April this year that have already received advanced payments totalling £28.5 million.

Thanks to a decision taken by the Minister, farmers in parts of Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Montgomeryshire, Radnor and North Ceredigion who were facing cash flow difficulties as a result of the bad weather received the advance payment of up to 50 percent of the subsidy in October.

In total, 15,417 applications have been processed for payment so far with about £196 million being paid into farmers’ bank accounts, exceeding the excellent achievements of the last couple of years.

Alun Davies made the announcement at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Llanelwedd. He said:

“I am delighted to announce today that 94 per cent of Welsh farmers will receive their Single Payments at the earliest opportunity. This is excellent news for Welsh farmers and demonstrates our commitment to provide farmers with the best possible service.

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“That is also why I took the decision to advance payments to farmers who were affected by the severe spring weather in order to help ease some of the financial pressures they are facing.”