The Pig Producers Hardship Support Scheme delivers essential funding to eligible pig producers who supplied the Quality Pig Processors (QPP) plant at Brechin between February 8 and March 31 and were paid £15 less per pig by the abattoir during this period.
The abattoir was closed following an outbreak of Covid-19 among workers. Stock had to be moved.
Rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon said: “I am very pleased to announce the opening of the Scottish Government’s Pig Producers Hardship Support Scheme for applications.
“The Covid-related closure of Brechin abattoir earlier this year and the subsequent loss of the plant’s export licence to China have had a negative impact on pig farmers, during already challenging times for the farming industry.”
She added: “We have worked closely with the sector to make sure that this hardship fund provides affected farmers with adequate financial support for losses incurred through no fault of their own. I would encourage all eligible producers to submit their applications as soon as possible.”
Opposition politicians called for the government to introduce a support scheme at the time. They had pointed to the Executive in Belfast, which earlier this year introduced a £2.2 million compensation fund to deal with the after-effects caused by the Covid-19 related closure of Cranswick County Food in County Antrim in the summer of 2020.
The scheme is open for applications until September 26.