COVID-19 Support Schemes

Some agricultural businesses have incurred financial losses as a result of short term market disturbance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Support Schemes

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), in consultation with industry representatives and stakeholders, has examined the nature and extent of the financial losses that were incurred. There was clear acceptance of the need for support to be targeted at those farm businesses hardest hit financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pig Support Scheme

In March 2022, the Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA, announced a support scheme worth up to £2million for pig farmers impacted by the effects of weakening markets, increased feed costs and getting pigs moved off the farm for slaughter.

The scheme that has been developed is targeted towards those most in need and provides a contribution towards financial loss incurred. The qualifying amounts and payment rates applied to each farm business are evidence based, use data provided by the pig processing industry and information held by DAERA

The scheme will make payments to eligible pig producers who incurred price penalties on overweight pigs above normal baseline levels, during the scheme period (September 2021 to February 2022). In addition, producers who were charged £52.50 per head by Cranswick Country Foods to slaughter pigs on Saturday shifts in 2021 are also eligible for support.

What should I do now?

The 2022 COVID-19 Pig Support Scheme is open from 9am on Monday 20th June and closes at 23.59 on Friday 24th June 2022

Eligible farm businesses have received a letter from DAERA asking them to submit an online application via DAERA online services

Help and assistance can be obtained via your local DAERA Direct office

Links below provide further information.


If you need any help or advice please email

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