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

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Whole or part parcel

Only to be used:

Applicants must have support from a Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) officer to use this supplement.

Applicants must also meet one of the following conditions (see Mid Tier manual section 6.7):

  • 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

On your annual claim you will be asked to declare that you haven’t carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • written endorsement from a CSF officer
  • evidence that a recommended fertiliser management system is used or evidence to support low intensity farmer claim - this information can be provided with the application or within 18 months of the start of the agreement, as applicable

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option.

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

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.