We are hosting a discussion group on cross-border farming issues to highlight the problems farmers are facing and to find solutions to the problems on Thursday 4th May, 7pm at Welshpool mart.
If you are affected we would love you to be a part of that discussion group. So gives us a call to book you place at the discussion group – 01686 626889.
The feedback gathered will be fed into discussions at an upcoming cross party group meeting on cross-border issues at the Senedd.
- The Wales-England border is three times the length of the Scotland-England border and there are around 500 Wales-England cross border farms.
- Such farms have to deal with additional complexity in terms of different sets of rules either side of the border. E.g. different animal movement rules, different reporting systems, different environmental rules etc.
We know that payments to such farmers are regularly delayed by months – usually due to poor Rural Payment Agency (England) performance and consistently place them at a significant disadvantage compared with those who are paid within an acceptable timescales by Rural Payments Wales.
Many of those farmer affected may have to borrow money, pay additional interest on loans, and be unable to make the most of market prices buy stock or produce at a time when prices are lower.
All welcome. Light refreshments provided.