SW14: Nil fertiliser supplement

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the nil fertiliser supplement.

How much will be paid

£131 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

It is available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier on whole or part parcels:

You must have support from a Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) officer to use this supplement and must also meet one of the following conditions:

  • be following a recommended fertiliser management system to plan nutrient inputs across the farm
  • plan to adopt a recommended fertiliser management system within 18 months of the start of the agreement
  • qualify as a low intensity farmer

How this supplement benefits the environment

It helps to reduce the risk of nitrate loss to ground and surface water by reducing nutrient inputs to zero.


Do not:

  • apply any fertilisers or manures

Keeping records

You must send the following with your application:

  • written support from a CSF officer

On your annual claim you must declare that you have not carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.

You must keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • evidence that you are using a recommended fertiliser management system or that you are a low intensity farmer

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

The following advice is helpful, but they are not requirements for this item.

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) operates in parts of the country where there are water quality issues linked to farming. The scheme provides farmers with free advice and training. See guidance for further information on CSF support

Further information

See the Mid Tier or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 11 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. The Keeping records section of this page has been updated

  2. Updated for 2017 applications.

  3. Information updated for applications in 2016.

  4. First published.