Farming and food grants and payments – guidance

Private Storage Aid

Find out about Private Storage Aid, which products are eligible for it and how to check if a scheme is currently open.

Private Storage Aid (PSA) schemes are administered by the Rural Payments Agency and help traders with the cost of putting products into storage. This helps to stabilise the market for a product if there’s a surplus and prices become weak.

The European Commission (EC) will decide if it’s appropriate to open a scheme.

Current schemes

There are currently three Private Storage Aid schemes open - for butter and skimmed milk powder and pigmeat.


Private storage aid schemes can be for:

  • white sugar
  • olive oil
  • flax fibre
  • beef
  • butter
  • cheese
  • skimmed milk powder (made from cows’ milk)
  • pigmeat
  • sheepmeat and goatmeat

Schemes will open depending on the market situation.



Telephone: 03300 416 500

Relevant regulations

Council Regulation (EC) No. 1308/2013

Commission Regulation (EC) No. 826/2008 (as amended)