The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement today of their £40 million small grants scheme for farmers.
The Progressive Agreement between Welsh Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams and the First Minister contained a commitment to support Welsh Agriculture with a small grant scheme. This was a Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment.
The Welsh Government is investing £20m in the scheme which will be co-financed by the Rural Development Programme. This will help farmers to improve their resilience and competitiveness. It will also help them reduce their carbon emissions.
The scheme will provide financial support of up to £12,000 at a 40% grant rate over a four-year period. Farmers across Wales will be able to invest in around 80 items linked to: Stock handling equipment, animal health, genetics and performance, crop management, energy efficiency and IT.
Commenting, William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs spokesperson, added:
“This is great news for Welsh farmers. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to fight on behalf of our communities.
“I am delighted we are delivering on this important Welsh Lib Dem manifesto commitment. Farmers representatives have consistently called for such a small grants scheme, to ease the burden of on farm investment and to drive up productivity in the sector.
“The Sustainable Production Grant is often seen as benefitting only a small minority of farmers in Wales, that is why we insisted it form part of the Progressive Agreement.
“I look forward to it bringing real benefits to Welsh farmers, more important than ever in the challenging times ahead.”