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Details Emerge of Welsh EU Dairy Package

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Every dairy farmer in Wales is to get a one-off EU aid payment to help with cash-flow problems in recognition of the prolonged period of low milk prices.

The Welsh share of the EU direct aid package is £3.2m from a UK allocation of £26.2m. Payments will be based on how much milk they produced in 2014-15, with an average payment being put at £1,800 per farm.

“This has clearly been a period of significant financial difficulty for our dairy farmers and I am pleased to deliver this additional support from the EU,” Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, said over the weekend.

“We hope to make the payment quickly and I hope it will offer some help with cash flow.

“This support is in recognition of the important role the dairy sector plays within the agriculture industry and its importance to the Welsh economy.

“We are determined to work with all parts of the industry to deliver on the vision we share of a modern, professional, sustainable and profitable agriculture industry in Wales.

“We have been working with our counterparts across the UK to secure this boost for our farmers and are also working with the Commission to look at ways of bringing greater fairness and transparency to the supply chain.

“I would also like to see further action taken at EU level to help open new markets for our producers and consider how we increase exports from Wales and from Europe.

“I believe we need to kick-start a significant programme of work across the EU to support all of our farmers, including the red meat sector, to help the entire industry move forward.”