More than 15,600 farm businesses across Wales will tomorrow (Friday, October 15) receive a share of over £159.6 million in Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) advance payments, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced.

This news means 97 per cent of claimants will receive an automatic payment worth 70 per cent of their estimated full claim value.

Historically, BPS payments have commenced from December 1 annually. However, regulation changes made by the Welsh Government following the end of the EU exit implementation period have simplified the requirements of BPS for 2021 and beyond.

This has allowed BPS advance payments to be made prior to December to eligible BPS 2021 claimants, without the need to submit an application, as opposed to the opt-in BPS Support Scheme administered in previous years.

Full and balance BPS 2021 payments will commence from December 15 as agreed with industry representatives.

The Welsh Government has already announced its intention for the Basic Payment Scheme to run until the end of 2023, subject to the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

A new system is being introduced which will move away from income support for famers to a system which pays farmers for the environmental benefit they deliver.

Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths said: “As we move to our new Sustainable Farming Scheme it is crucial we provide support to secure the long term sustainability and resilience of the farming sector.

“Following the end of the EU exit implementation period and through consultation, I introduced legislation which simplified the requirements of BPS and will provide early payments to the vast majority of farm businesses in Wales.

“Full and remaining balance BPS 2021 payments will be made from December 15, subject to full validation of a BPS claim and my officials will use the next two months to maximise the number of farmers receiving these payments early in the payment window.”