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EU dairy support payments come early for UK farmers

Staff writer ▼ | November 17, 2015
EU support payments to help hard-pressed UK dairy farmers manage cash flow problems started to arrive in bank accounts two weeks ahead of schedule, Farming Minister George Eustice has announced.
UK dairy farmers
Dairy   Farming Minister George Eustice:
The first payments have been made to over 10,000 farmers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – three-quarters of all eligible farmers and amounting to almost £19.2 million. Payments will continue through November and December.

The UK government secured £26.6 million in support from the European Commission in September - the third largest support package among Member States – to help dairy farmers affected by the current global volatility in milk prices.

UK ministers agreed to pay a flat rate linked to milk production and for the Rural Payments Agency to pay out the money on behalf of the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England.

The flat rate for dairy farmers in England, Scotland and Wales is just under 0.176p per litre. In Northern Ireland it is just under 0.226p per litre in recognition that Northern Irish farmers have been suffering from some of the lowest prices across Europe.