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Cross Compliance 2024

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024
On 18/12/23,  Rural Payments Wales (RPW)  issued a letter to all their clients re. an update to Cross Compliance Regulations from 01 January 2024, and the new requirements applying to ALL LAND in Wales under the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021. The content of that letter is to be found below, and here is also the link to the Cross Compliance Verifiable Standards for 2024 – these must be followed if you intend to apply for payments under the Basic Payment Scheme 2024 :-

Verifiable Standards 2024


CARA staff will be available to help you meet the record keeping requirements, including preparation of a Digital Workbook and Risk Maps – if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please phone us on 01570 471516 or email office@carawales.co.uk

RPW Letter of 18/12/23
Cross Compliance Factsheets and Verifiable Standards have been updated for 2024 to reflect changes to the requirements from 1 January 2024, good practice and to clarify wording. The revised documents are available at https://gov.wales/cross-compliance-2024.
The vast majority of Cross Compliance rules continue to apply as in 2023, however, you should regularly check and review the Cross Compliance regulations to ensure you remain compliant.
Statutory Management Requirement (SMR) 1 – Water Protection, has been updated to reflect new requirements applying to all land from 1 January 2024 under the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021. These changes include the requirement not to exceed a limit of 170kg of Nitrogen per hectare from all livestock manure across the whole holding, unless undertaking the Enhanced Nutrient Management approach and submitting notification to NRW by 31 March 2024.
It is important you understand how these changes may affect the management of your holding and if you need to take any action to meet the requirements of the regulations. To support the roll-out of these regulations a range of resources are available.
The updated requirements and detailed guidance, together with a digital workbook to help you meet record keeping requirements are available at https://www.gov.wales/control-agricultural-pollution-regulations-guidance
The Control of Agricultural Pollution Regulations Helpline – 01974 847000 – is a dedicated technical helpline operated by ADAS on behalf of the Welsh Government, to support farmers through the introduction of the regulations on an individual farm basis. Farming Connect has a range of resources and information available. Further details can be found at
https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/ or by telephoning the Service Centre on 03456 000 813.
Additional Cross Compliance requirements will apply to all land in Wales from 1 August 2024,as part of the agreed transition period for land not previously in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ)

Sustainable Farming Scheme

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

The final consultation for the new Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS) was published in December 2023. To view a copy, please click on the link below:-

SFS Document

Before the consultation period closes on 7 March 2024, there will be a series of engagement events held around Wales during January and February with formal presentations and information stands where you can discuss how the proposed scheme actions can be carried out on your farm. Event dates and locations are as follows:-

  • 17 January 2024: Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon LL55 1AY
  • 18 January 2024: Pavilion, Llangollen, LL20 8SW
  • 22 January 2024: Llandovery Rugby Club, SA20 0BA
  • 24 January 2024: Livestock Market, Welshpool, SY21 8SR
  • 30 January 2024: The Cliff Hotel, Gwbert, Cardigan, SA43 1PP
  • 31 January 2024: The Plas, Narberth, SA67 7AB
  • 5 February 2024: Llanarth Village Hall, Raglan, NP15 2AU
  • 6 February 2024: Best Western Heronston Hotel, Bridgend, CF35 5AW
  • 9 February 2024: International Pavilion, Builth Wells, LD2 3SY
  • 14 February 2024: Y Plas, Machynlleth, SY20 8ER

If you wish to book a place at one of the above please click here:-


Small Grants – Efficiency

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

The Expression of Interest (EOI) window for Small Grants -Efficiency is 18 May to 29 June 2022.

This  is a capital scheme designed to help farmers in Wales to improve the technical, financial and environmental performance of their farm businesses.

The maximum grant award is £12,000 and the minimum is £1,000.

Previous participation in the Farm Business Grant will not affect your ability to apply for the maximum £12,000 grant.

The grant provides a maximum 40% contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery (excluding VAT), which can be demonstrated as offering clear and quantifiable benefits to farm businesses.

The grant will be a maximum 40% contribution against actual invoiced costs up to the maximum referenced costs as stated within the list of eligible capital items.

To view the Rules Booklet, please click below:-


and for a detailed list of eligible capital items, please click here

The Small Grants – Efficiency scheme is only available to claim using the Grants Claim page on your RPW Online account. If you require further assistance with your application, please contact us here at CARA on 01570 471516 or email office@carawales.co.uk


Rural Schemes -Application Dates

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Please follow the link below for opening & closing dates for rural schemes April to October 2022. Further details to follow on our website near to the opening dates of each.



CARA Job Vacancies

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Due to an expanding workload, we are currently looking for an additional Agricultural Consultant as well as an Office Manager to become  members of the CARA Team. Please click on the links below for a job description and details of how to apply. Closing date: 20 November 2020.




CARA – 15 years of delivering advice

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Pen-blwydd CARA yn 15 !   CARA 15-year Anniversary!

The CARA team would like to thank you for all your support and custom over the last 15 years. The Company was established on the 1st July 2005, hence we have now been trading for 15 years, providing business services and advice to rural businesses across South and West Wales. When we started we were a team of 5 members of staff, and we have now more than doubled that figure to 12 members of staff.

 As some of you may be aware, we were planning on undertaking the 3 Welsh Peaks challenge today, on the anniversary of the Company, to raise funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance and Tir Dewi. This has been postponed in light of the current situation, however we will endeavour to complete the challenge as soon as is practically possible. For those of you who have already donated, we thank you, and assure you that your donations will be held onto until we have climbed the mountains!

 We wish to thank all our customers for their loyal support, kind hospitality and friendship over the years, and look forward to many more years of forging good working relationships.

 Kind Regards

John, Iwan, Wendy and all the CARA team.

Hoffai’r tim yn CARA ddiolch yn fawr ichi am eich cefnogaeth dros y pymtheg mlynedd diwethaf. Sefydlwyd y Cwmni ar y 1af  o Orffennaf 2005, ac ers hynny rydym wedi bod yn darparu cyngor a gwasanaethau busnes i fusnesau gwledig ar draws De a Gorllewin Cymru.

Roedd 5 aelod o staff gan y cwmni yn y dyddiau cynnar, ond mae hynny wedi mwy na dwbli i 12 aelod o staff erbyn hyn. 

 Fel roedd nifer o ohonoch yn ymwybodol, roeddem wedi gobeithio cwblhau sialens y Tri Copa Cymreig, heddiw ar ddiwrnod penblwydd y Cwmni, i godi arian tuag at Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru a Tir Dewi. Bu’n rhaid inni ohirio hyn oherwydd yr amgylchiadau presennol, ond gobeithiwn gallu cwblhau’r sialens cyn gynted â bo modd. I’r rhai ohonoch sydd wedi cyfrannu yn barod, diolchwn ichi, a gallwn eich sicrhau y bydd yr arian yn ddiogel nes y byddwn wedi dringo’r mynyddoedd!

 Hoffwn ddiolch i’n holl gwsmeriaid am eu cefnogaeth ddi-ffuant, cyfeillgarwch a lletygarwch caredig dros y blynyddoedd, ac edrychwn ymlaen at ddyfodol disglair o weithio gyda’n gilydd. 


 Cofion Cynnes

John, Iwan, Wendy a’r tim yn CARA



Sustainable Production Grant- Window 6

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 6th Window of the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) opened on 2 September 2019 and will close at midnight on 11 October 2019.

The grant provides a maximum 40% contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified to support farmers to address nutrient management and safeguarding and improving water, soil and air quality by reducing pollution.

The maximum grant award is £50,000 (£125,000 spend) and the minimum is £12,000 (£30,000 spend). Applications are to be made via your Rural Payments Wales (RPW) on-line account. A general rules booklet is available on the Welsh Government website. Eligibility for the SPG requires a partner in the business to attend a ‘Sustainable Farming Roadshow’ organised by Farming Connect. Please click here for a list of venues and dates throughout Wales and to book a place.

If you require further assistance with your EOI, please contact us here at CARA Wales on 01570 471516.



Innovation & Diversification Wales

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Thursday 26 September 2019 – Royal Welsh Showground,  Llanelwedd, Builth Wells LD2 3SY

Innovation and Diversification Wales is a free event and will provide you with support, advice and guidance to improve your businesses and allow you to explore new ideas to improve profitability and sustainability. It will include trade stands, seminar areas, a practical funding and business advice area as well as demonstrations on the latest technology across the agricultural and forestry sector.

CARA Ltd is pleased to be one of the 100 Exhibitors at this event. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

Please register your interest in attending here.

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

If you intend to carry out an agricultural improvement project (e.g. ploughing, re-seeding, direct drilling or new drainage) on any semi-natural land, you will need a screening decision from the Welsh Government (WG) before you can proceed.

  • Semi-natural land is any area containing less than 25% of improved agricultural land (e.g. perennial Ryegrass and/or White clover)
  • Existing highly improved land (e.g. silage fields) will not require screening if it contains more than 25% of these species

You will need to submit a Screening Application form (click here) to your local WG Divisional Office before proceeding with your project. Responses  can take up to 35 days, so please plan ahead. There is no charge for applications, and decisions are valid for 3 years. Breaching the Regulations is illegal, and may lead to prosecution and penalties on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) or Rural Development Scheme payments.

Further information and guidance is available on the WG website or by contacting the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 062 5004 or EIA.unit@gov.wales

CARA staff will also be pleased to assist you with your application. Tel: 01570 471516


Making Tax Digital (MTD)

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

VAT registered businesses with a turnover above the VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000) are now required to keep digital VAT business records and use MTD-compatible software to send returns for VAT periods that started on or after 01 April 2019. Businesses whose taxable turnover fall below the current VAT threshold can also sign up for MTD for VAT voluntarily.

CARA Ltd currently has capacity to take on new clients for VAT. Please contact Wendy Jenkins on 01570 471516 / 07929 164012 for further details.