Welsh Government 's Farm Liaison Service highlights the key reminders and some important dates to look out for:
Glastir Small Grants (Carbon): All works to be completed and closing date for submission of claims
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC) and Glastir Woodland Restoration (GWR): All capital works to be completed
|1 April||Glastir Small Grants (landscape and pollinators): Expression of interest window opens|
Sustainable Production Grant: Expression of interest window closes
Farm Business Grant: Expression of interest window closes
|28 April||Timber Investment scheme: Expression of interest window closes|
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC): closing date for submission of claims
Glastir Woodland Restoration (GWR): closing date for submission of claims
BPS Entitlements 2019: closing date for Transfer and Lease
Sustainable Management Scheme (SMS): Expression of interest window opens
Food Business Investment Scheme (FBIS): Expression of interest window opens
|10 May||Glastir Small Grants (Landscape & Pollinators): Expression of interest window closes|
|15 May||Single Application Form (SAF) closing date|
|?16 May||RPW Online will be unavailable due to essential maintenance until 22 May 2019|
In the event of a Withdrawal Agreement or the UK leaving the European Union without a deal on 29 March 2019, there will be no change to the rules you must follow to be eligible for and to receive payments unless we have notified you otherwise.
To keep informed and up to date please visit the Preparing Wales website which provides comprehensive information which will help people and organisations prepare for Brexit in the immediate run-up to 29 March and into the transition period, particularly in the event of a no deal scenario.
Rural Payments Wales (RPW) has moved from its paper-based registration process to a new online registration system. Following registration on the Government Gateway, customers will have the ability to register for a Customer Reference Number (CRN).
RPW Online provides a quick and simple way to do business with RPW. Once you have registered, you will be able to use your RPW Online account to:
- Complete Expressions of Interests (EOIs) and Applications
- Be notified by text or email message for any important updates
- Check the status of any live or ongoing claims
- Ask and respond to queries from RPW, including uploading documents
- Update your business details
- Give permission for Farming Union representatives and Agents to complete business on your behalf
- Add and manage Country Parish Holdings (CPH).
Changes to TSE sampling of fallen stock cattle
Under English, Scottish and Welsh legislation on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs), all fallen stock cattle aged over 48 months (over 24 months if born in Romania, Bulgaria or outside the EU) must be submitted to be sampled for TSE testing at disposal sites prior to destruction.
From 1 April 2019, the cost of taking TSE samples from fallen stock cattle transfers to the farming industry and becomes the responsibility of the owner or keeper of the animal. For carcases collected on and after 1 April, the disposal site will send owners/keepers a single invoice covering the cost of collection, disposal and sampling. Government will continue to pay for the cost of transporting and testing the sample.
For further details you should contact: 0300 303 8268.
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