07 January 2022
BPS budget ceiling welcomed by minister
IN a written statement concerning the publication of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) financial budget ceiling for 2022 scheme year, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, welcomed
the total direct payment ceiling of £238 million to provide the same level of direct payments to farmers in 2022 that was provided in 2020 and 2021.
"The budget provides the same level of total payment through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and associated schemes. It continues to take into account the new simplified BPS calculation without the separate Greening payment," she states.
The Chancellor announced in October that Wales would receive £252.19 million for agricultural support in FY 2022/23 to replace EU Common Agricultural Policy funding.
"This means Welsh farmers have lost a further £106 million, on top of the £137 million of funding level not provided last year," she said in her statement. "This creates real challenges in addressing the issues our rural communities face as we exit the EU and continue to deal with the pandemic. I have prioritised support for farmers given these challenges."