Proposals to phase out farm payments – have your say

HE FUW is urging all farmers and those with an interest in the survival of the Welsh rural economy to attend one of its information evenings and hear about the Welsh Government’s proposal to replace ‘single farm payments’ with a single agri-environment/‘public goods’ scheme.

The Welsh Government’s ‘Brexit and our land: Securing the future of Welsh farming’ consultation, which closes on October 30 2018, proposes phasing out direct support for farmers by 2025, and replacing them with ‘payments for public goods’, accompanied by a ‘resilience scheme’ aimed at farm business improvement and development.

FUW president Glyn Roberts said: “While farmers across the country are busy planning how to cope with the imminent winter shortages, it is important they take a longer view of their businesses given what the Welsh Government is currently consulting on. In blunt terms, they propose replacing the Basic Payments which makes up around 80 per cent of farm incomes with what is a souped up Glastir agri- environment scheme.

“Given that Scotland and Northern Ireland intend to keep

direct farm payments, as does every country in the EU, Welsh farmers should ask themselves how they would fare in a world without direct farm support, when their counterparts in Scotland or Ireland continue to receive payments.

Mr Roberts said that while the EU is looking at strengthening the ‘active farmer’ criteria to ensure money goes to family farms, the Welsh Government proposes making a future scheme open to anyone with land – something the FUW believes will lead to a massive flow of funding away from Wales’ rural economy to charities and big business.

“Farmers, agricultural contractors, mechanics, feed merchants and anyone else with an interest in Wales’ rural economy should make their views clear by responding to the consultation.

“Over the coming weeks the FUW will be hosting open meetings across Wales so people can discuss and respond directly to the proposals and I hope many of you will be there,” added Glyn Roberts.

Open meetings across Wales will be held on the following dates:Anglesey: September 18 2018, 7.30pm: Mona Cae Sioe, The

Showground, Gwalchmai, Holyhead, LL65 4RW

Breconshire and Radnorshire: September 13 2018, 7.30pm: FUW Pavilion, RWAS Showground Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, LD2 3NJ

Caernarfonshire: September 12 2018, 7.30pm: Grwp Llandrillo Menai – safle Glynllifon, Caernarfon, LL54 5DU

Carmarthenshire: September 6 2018, 7.30pm: Halfway Inn, Nantgaredig, Carmarthen, SA32 7NL

Ceredigion: September 5 2018, 7.30pm: Aberaeron Rugby Club, SA46 0JR

Denbighshire: September 17 2018, 7.30pm: Brookhouse Mill, Ruthin Road, Denbigh LL16 4WS, TBC

Flintshire: September 10 2018, 7.30pm: Plas Hafod, Gwernymynydd, Mold, CH7 5JB

Glamorgan: September 11 2018, 7.30pm: Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl, CF33 4RP

Gwent: September 10 2018, 7.30pm: Monmouthshire Livestock Market, Raglan, NP15 2BH

Meirionnydd: September 3 2018, 7.30pm: Rugby Club, Dolgellau, LL40 1UU

Montgomeryshire: September 6 2018, 7.30pm: Elephant & Castle, Newtown, SY16 2BQ

Pembrokeshire: September 11 2018, 7.30pm: The Picton Centre, Haverfordwest, SA61 1UG

For further information please contact your local FUW county office

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