Agricultural Policy

FUW reacts to Climate Change Committee reports


The Farmers’ Union of Wales recognises the importance for each and every sector - including agriculture - to play its part in tackling climate change, however it was alarming to read the latest recommendations put forward to Welsh Government for reducing Wales’ emissions between now and 2050 by the Climate Change Committee.

As required under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016, the Committee has recently produced two reports; the Advice Report: The path to a Net Zero Wales and the Progress Report: reducing emissions in Wales, providing Ministers with advice on Wales’ climate targets.

News in brief January 2021

i) Contract for TB cattle vaccination field trials awarded

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has awarded Eville & Jones the contract to run field trials of the CattleBCG TB vaccine and DIVA (Detecting Infected Amongst Vaccinated Animals) skin test.

The field trials will be conducted on behalf of Defra, Welsh Government and Scottish Government using 20 years worth of research into TB vaccines and diagnosis.

Further information can be found on the TB Hub.


ii) Defra allows emergency use of neonicotinoids

Defra has recently granted emergency authorisation for the limited use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam for 2021 to control threatening levels of the yellow virus in sugar beet crops.

A further 10 EU Countries have granted the same authorisations despite an almost total ban of neonicotinoids by the EU in 2018. The use of the chemical however will be tightly controlled to minimise any risk to pollinators - a priority of the UK Government.


iii) Aldi set to spend an extra £3.5 billion on British produce

Aldi has revealed plans to spend an additional £3.5 billion on British food and drink products including fresh meat, milk and eggs over the next five years, an expansion to the £8 billion spent on British agriculture in 2019.

They have also extended their immediate payment terms for small suppliers until the end of 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, allowing more than 1,000 businesses (with an annual turnover of less than £1 million) to receive faster payments.

Update on trade disruptions following the end of the Brexit transition period

Many if not most exporters kept consignments at minimum levels or decided not to export at all in the first week of January. There were nevertheless a range of significant problems for most if not all food sectors, despite volumes being very low

Further details and examples are as follows:

Single Application Form SAF assistance to continue remotely 2021

It’s been nearly a year since the FUW took the unprecedented step to close all county offices.

A particular focus given the time of year has been to ensure that the FUW can continue to provide assistance with the completion and submission of SAF/IACS forms - each year the FUW assists members with Basic Payment Scheme claims totalling more than £60 million, and many millions more in Glastir claims, often providing invaluable help to those who are unable to access the internet services necessary to complete forms.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the many thousands of members who are due to receive FUW assistance with the completion of their 2021 SAF will be offered ‘virtual appointments’. Information on forms will be cross-checked during a telephone call, and where members are unable to access online services, forms will now be submitted on behalf of members by FUW staff.

However, such ‘virtual’ assistance increases the risk of errors occurring, therefore members should get in touch with their local county office immediately if there have been any significant changes to the farm since last year; these include, boundary changes, new land, changes in business partners, inspections since last year and any other changes to land use. Members should also check their RPW online messages for any mapping changes or land inspections as these could have a large impact on completing the SAF.

By letting County Staff know, they will be able to prepare maps and gather information in preparation for your SAF appointment from March onwards.

If you have any concerns, please get in touch with your local county office who will be able to answer your questions.

Rearing Approved Finishing Units and TB Dedicated Sales in high TB areas of Wales

Approved Finished Units (AFUs) are approved to strict biosecurity and permanent TB restrictions and must be indoor units located in high TB areas with appropriate licences to move cattle on and off the holding.

Up until the end of 2020, AFUs in Wales have only been able to send cattle straight to slaughter. However, since 1st January 2021, individual animals have been able to move to another AFU with the correct licence.

Rearing AFUs will also be allowed in Wales to allow calves to be bought from multiple TB restricted or Officially TB Free (OTF) holdings, fattened and then sold to another AFU for finishing.

In November 2020, a pilot Orange Market was held and as a result, other markets in the high TB areas of Wales will be able to apply for approval to hold an Orange Market, with the revised policy to be reviewed in 12 months.

Only cattle from TB restricted holdings (not AFUs) can enter an Orange Market with a licence from APHA to cover the move. These animals can only go to an AFU in Wales or England or be sent directly to slaughter and cannot return to its home holding from the sale.

Welsh Government has introduced these changes following collaboration with industry representatives and the Farming Unions in response to the change in policy for ensuring that calves born into the dairy industry are raised to eight weeks of age.

The APHA can be contacted on 0300 3038268 or Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld..

Further information and guidance can be found on the TB Hub Website.

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