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Pig Producers’ Fund opens to support those affected by Brechin QPP temporary closure

By David Porter

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Applications are now open for hardship support scheme for the pig sector.

It will provide up to £715,000 of financial support to pig producers affected by the temporary closure of the abattoir at Brechin earlier this year.

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.

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.

“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.

The scheme is open for applications until September 26.

"I would encourage all eligible producers to submit their applications as soon as possible.”

Full details of the scheme are published on The Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/pig-producers-hardship-support-scheme-form-and-guidance/ including guidance for applications and eligibility criteria.

Further support is also available by emailing pigproducers.support@gov.scot

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