The Scottish Government released the following statement following a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) of the Weather Aid Expert Group:
Scotland’s Chief Agricultural Officer Drew Sloan said:
“Wednesday’s meeting was extremely productive, with the Expert Group reaching agreement on how Weather Aid claims will be considered.
“Priority will be given to those farmers who have suffered the biggest losses from the extreme weather, taking into account EU state aid rules.
“We have also agreed a process for deciding which applications will be eligible for payment, and how that payment will be calculated. This will enable the Scottish Government to begin processing applications and we have agreed that our officials will proactively engage with farmers to resolve any issues before payments are made, rather than inspections or penalties later.
“This work will be reviewed by the Expert Group in August to ensure the scheme meets it original objectives, and we envisage payments will start being made in the following weeks.”
Speaking after the meeting, Weather Aid Expert Group member Douglas McAdam, Scottish Land & Estates CEO, commented:
"It is good to see there has been a healthy uptake of applications for this scheme from farmers right across Scotland. It was a positive meeting yesterday and good progress was made. The priority is now to get applications processed and payments made".