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Grant payments to farmers (FOI)

Grant payments to farmers (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 06 February 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


What is the breakdown of money each farm / farmer received from the States of Jersey funding given in light of the lack of food on the Island and therefore having to import food?

How was that monetary figure calculated per farm ie herd number count and so on? 


To clarify there are currently no grant schemes operated by the States of Jersey which link directly to the supply of local food.

The information you have requested in relation to payments to farmers is exempt under Article 23 (Accessible by other means) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 (the Law) as the information is already available on the States of Jersey website.

Amounts of grant aid paid are published each year in the annex to the States Accounts, so for example, with reference to 2016, a breakdown of recipients of grant monies can be viewed on page 295 of the document – which is available online at:

Annex to Financial Report and Accounts 2016

Accounts for years 2003 to 2017 are available here:

States of Jersey Accounts 

The 2018 States Accounts are due to be published during the first week of April 2019.

The information you have requested in relation to how payments are calculated is also exempt under Article 23 (Accessible by other means) of the Law as the information is already available for you to view on the States of Jersey website.

Details of the grant schemes in operation and how they are calculated are published in the Rural Economy Strategy (2017 to 2021) which you can view on the States of Jersey website. However we have also summarised the calculations below:

Rural Economy Strategy

  • Rural Support Scheme – (formerly Area Payments) in 2019 a payment of £1,500 per holding plus £20.00 per vergee – total budget £614,000

  •  Quality Milk Payment – paid to diary producers per head of cattle, total budget for Island in 2019 is £400,000

  • Rural Initiative Scheme – grant assistance for projects, total budget In 2019 is £120,000
  • Countryside Enhancement Scheme – grant assistance for projects supporting environmental improvements (also open to non-agricultural organisations) – total budget in 2019 is £150,0000

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(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it is reasonably available to the applicant, otherwise than under this Law, whether or not free of charge.

(2) A scheduled public authority that refuses an application for information on this ground must make reasonable efforts to inform the applicant where the applicant may obtain the information.

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