As the Pembrokeshire Show gets underway, the cabinet secretary for energy, planning and rural affairs, Lesley Griffiths, announced a new £6m sustainable production grant (SPG) will open in September aimed at addressing on-farm nutrient management and storage.

The fourth window of the SPG will give farmers the opportunity to take the lead in tackling agri-pollution to improve water, soil and air quality.

Grants will range from £12,000 to £50,000 as a maximum 40 per cent contribution to project costs. The items supported will include, among other things, covered slurry storage and management equipment.

The SPG will only provide support where the investment exceeds compliance with slurry storage regulations, achieving a minimum storage capacity of 160 days and 190 days for pig and poultry, regardless of any existing on-farm storage.

The next round of the sustainable production grant is planned to open on September 3 and closes October 26.

The cabinet secretary said: “The impacts of on-farm pollution affecting water quality and wildlife have increased recently, often due to poor slurry storage and dirty water handling facilities.

“The level of interest we have had in each sustainable production grant round has demonstrated farmers are willing to invest in their farm businesses to become more sustainable, prosperous and resilient.

“Our next round of the SPG will focus on supporting farmers to deliver our objectives of enhanced nutrient management, safeguarding and improving water, soil and air quality by reducing pollution. The investment will support farmers to address these important issues and ensure current and future generations continue to benefit from our natural resources.”

The cabinet secretary was attending the first day of the Pembrokeshire Show, undertaking a range of events and meetings and wants to hear the views of farmers, Unions and partners about the Welsh Government’s recently launched proposals on future support for farmers in Wales after Brexit.

At the start of July, the Cabinet Secretary launched a 16 week consultation Brexit and our Land, which proposes a new land management programme to replace the Common Agricultural Policy in Wales once the UK leaves the EU.