The Agricultural (2017 North West Area Flooding) (Income Support) Scheme (Northern Ireland) 2021

In April 2021, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA announced a Support Scheme for farmers impacted by flooding in the North West on 22 and 23 August 2017. The budget for this scheme is £2.7million.

Scope

Farm businesses in the North West who made a Force Majeure application for damage to land following the flooding in 2017 will be eligible to apply for the income support scheme.

The income support scheme will provide a contribution towards the financial hardship experienced by farm businesses who lost income due to the impact of flooding on productive agricultural land and incurred the cost of removing debris and silt, and reseeding. The income support payment will be based on the self-declared land area on the Force Majeure applications.

Insurable losses such as damage to buildings and loss of livestock are not included in the income support scheme. Force Majeure applications that declared damage to only fencing / field barriers are not included in the scheme.

Payment Rate

The scheme will provide three rates of compensation based on the land type classification of impacted land.

  1. £4,092 per hectare for eligible land in Severely Disadvantaged / Disadvantaged land (Flood 1);
  2. £729 per hectare for eligible lowland land (Flood 2); or
  3. £145 per hectare for Commons land (Flood 3).

Payments will be capped at £106,323 per farm business.

Next Steps

The scheme will be open for applications from 28 July 2021 and eligible farm businesses will be invited to apply using a simple online form.

The scheme will close for applications on 12 August 2021.

If you need help or advice please email CSBHQ@daera-ni.gov.uk

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-27 July 2021

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