Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has welcomed the announcement of a £40 million small grant scheme for farmers in Wales.
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 scheme will receive £20m in investment from the Welsh Government and will be co-financed by the Rural Development Programme. This will help farmers to improve their resilience and competitiveness, as well as helping them to 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 on the announcement, Mark Williams said:
“This announcement is great news for Welsh farmers at a time of uncertainty and challenge for our agriculture sector and rural communities.
“This was an important Welsh Lib Dem manifesto commitment and I am delighted that we are delivering on it through the Progressive Agreement on behalf of our rural communities.
“This scheme will go much further than the Sustainable Production Grant, which is often seen as only benefiting a small minority of farmers in Wales, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact that it brings to our farmers and communities.”