Agricultural Policy

Expression of Interest Window Dates February 2021

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Farming Connect training application window

The current funding application window for short training courses closes on Friday 26 February 2020.

Before applying for training, you must i) be registered with Farming Connect, ii) access the Business Wales (BOSS) website via Sign On Cymru at: https://businesswales.gov.wales/boss/ and, iii) complete an online Personal Development Plan (PDP)

Those registering for the first time during the above skills window in order to apply for a funded training course or need to update their account details, please contact Farming Connect before 5pm on Monday 22 February 2020)

Further information can be found here.

Records of all Farming Connect training courses can be stored and updated via Storfa Sgiliau.

26 February 2021
Farming Connect What’s On

As a result of the pandemic, Farming Connect has taken the decision to postpone all open events and one-to-many events until further notice. They are conducting a number of activities digitally or over the phone where possible.

More information can be found here:
https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/whats-on

 
Sustainable Production Grant (SPG)

The next The current SPG expression of interest window is now open.

Those who have received funding through the SPG previously are eligible to apply for the full £50,000 grant.

Funding can be applied for to extend an existing slurry store.

Those who are successful in the EOI will have to submit a full application within 12 weeks, and the work and claim will have to be completed by 30 June 2023.

Further information and guidance is available here:
https://gov.wales/sustainable-production-grant-window-7

12 March 2021

Farm Business Grant (FBG)

The next FBG expression of interest window will open on 1 March and close on 9 April 2021.

Further guidance and a list of eligible items will be available here prior to the 1 March.

1 March - 9 April 2021
Transfer of BPS Entitlements 2021

Farmers can now transfer their BPS Entitlements by sale, lease or via inheritance.

This must be completed via RPW Online. Please note that the entitlement values displayed on your account are subject to change.

15 May 2021
Free & Confidential Pesticide Disposal Scheme 2021

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water will once again be running their free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme in 2021. They intend to open the registration process during April 2021, but in the meantime to find out more and to register for updates, click here.

 
Nuffield Farming Scholarships Applications for the 2021 Nuffield Farming Scholarships are now open.

Successful applicants tend to be from those working in farming, food or horticulture and are provided a substantial bursary to fund travel to study their chosen topic.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here: https://www.nuffieldscholar.org/
31 July 2021

The Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021

On 27th January, Welsh Government announced draconian plans to introduce new Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021 in order to tackle agricultural pollution incidents.

These regulations have been discussed for a number of years and equate to the introduction of an all-Wales NVZ, with the estimated cost for Welsh farming measured in the hundreds of millions.

Senedd Member Llyr Gruffydd has tabled a Senedd debate proposing that the regulations be annulled.

If passed by the Welsh Senedd, new rules will be introduced in stages over the next three years beginning from 1st April 2021.

Full details and the FUW’s position will be sent out to all members as a standalone message in due course, but it stands to reason that the union maintains its long held objection to the proposals.

A sigh of relief as a no deal Brexit is avoided

Welsh farmers, food producers and most likely all other industries breathed a sigh of relief when a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU was finally agreed on 24th December 2020.

Along with the deal came the EU’s formal listing of the UK as a Third Country, long-awaited confirmation which was essential for allowing Welsh food exports to the EU to continue.

Following the announcement, Welsh Government stated that “it had not had any meaningful involvement in developing the negotiating strategy” and that the deal will mean “fewer jobs, lower wages, less exports” and “more red tape for businesses.”

Another blow against food standards

MPs have yet again voted against amendments made to the UK Trade Bill by the House of Lords which would have provided greater scrutiny in protecting domestic food standards.

An amendment to require a final yes or no vote on any future agricultural trade deals was defeated by 353 votes to 277 in the House of Commons. It will now return to the House of Lords in February for the parliamentary process known as ‘ping pong’ to continue.

FUW welcomes announcement to maintain BPS budget

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has welcomed the announcement made by Minister Lesley Griffiths on 21st December 2020 stating that the total direct payment ceiling has been set at £238 million in order to provide the same level of direct payments to farmers in 2021 as last year.

Given that on 25th November 2020 the UK Government announced that Wales’ 2021-2022 financial year allocation for agriculture and rural development would be £242 million, some £137 million less than what was promised when taking pillar transfer into account, it is pleasing to note that Welsh Government has prioritised direct payments to farmers to provide much needed stability under such difficult circumstances.

COVID-19 - Gwybodaeth Bwysig i’n haelodau a chwsmeriaid

Yn dilyn gwasgariad y Coronafeirws (COVID-19), rydym wedi penderfynu amddiffyn aelodau, cwsmeriaid a chyd-aelodau staff trwy gau pob swyddfa FUW. 

Bydd pob aelod o staff yn gweithio oddi ar ein safleoedd am y dyfodol rhagweladwy, golygir y bydd ein timau yn parhau i gynnig yr holl wasanaethau dros ffon/e-bost/skype neu ffyrdd eraill o gyfathrebu o bell. 

Dylai aelodau a chwsmeriaid barhau i gysylltu gyda ni yn yr un modd ag arfer, gellir cysylltu â’r staff trwy ddefnyddio’r rhifau ffôn arferol.  

Byddwn yn sicrhau bod safon ein gwasanaethau yn parhau. Caiff apwyntiadau SAF/IACS barhau fel yr arfer ond fe cant eu gwneud dros y ffôn. 

Gweler manylion cyswllt eich swyddfa leol yma: https://fuw.org.uk/cy/cysylltwch

 

Linciau pwysig ynglŷn â'r Coronafeirws:

 

Mae Hwb TB wedi paratoi rhestr o gwestiynnau a ofynnir yn aml parthed sut caiff prosesau TB eu heffeihtio gan y feirws: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Tractor Coch (Red Tractor) dwieddariad yma: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Cymdeithas Arwerthwyr Da-byw - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Busnes Cymru (sy’n cynnwys gwybdooaeth am gefnogaeth i fusnesau oherwydd y Coronafeirws): https://businesswales.gov.wales/cy/cyngor-coronafeirws

Cynllun benthyg Coronafeirws oherwydd ymyriad i fusnes ar gael trwy fenthycwyr sy'n cymryd rhan: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/  
 
Canllawiau Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Contractwyr Amaethyddol (NAAC) ar Coronafeirws: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/
 
Gwasanaethau Cofnodi Llaeth Cenedlaethol 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus