Agricultural Policy

News in brief July 2021

i) Defra promises 30% increase in payments for improving soil health

The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced the payment rates for the new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) at Cereals 2021.

Those joining the SFI from 2022 will be paid around £26/ha for the most basic soil management and up to £70/ha for increasing soil organic matter. This “roughly equates to a 30% uplift on what would have been the case had the old EU methodology been applied” according to Mr Eustice.

However, it is believed that smaller and horticultural farmers are unlikely to benefit and that farmers will need to pursue other streams of revenue as the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is phased out.


ii) Consumer awareness of regenerative agriculture

A recent questionnaire conducted by AHDB and YouGov revealed that only 14% of British consumers have heard of regenerative agriculture, however, those aged 16-44 are more aware (16%) than those aged 45+ (13%).

Welsh consumers are also more likely to have heard of regenerative agriculture (21%) compared with the UK average (14%).

73% of consumers believed that British farmers and growers have done a good job in producing food for consumers during the Covid-19 pandemic.


iii) Fourth UK beef processing site approved for exports to US

The Foyle Food Group in Glocester has become the fourth UK beef processing site to be approved for exports to the US on the ‘USDA Approved’ list.

The UK has exported more than £3 million worth of beef to the US since it was granted access to the market again in 2020 as US beef prices rise and consumers demand more premium products.

FUW highlights critical issues during virtual Royal Welsh Show

The Farmers’ Union of Wales and FUW Insurance Services Ltd. highlighted and discussed many of the critical issues affecting the agricultural industry through a series of webinars at the virtual Royal Welsh Show.

The variety of webinars ranged from the rural housing crisis, climate change, mental health, digital connectivity and farm safety.

For those who were unable to join them during the show week, they are all available to watch via the members section of the FUW website and the Royal Welsh show events pages.

Rural communities across the UK have been under pressure due to second home ownership and related effects for decades, especially in ‘honeypot’ areas such as National Parks, but the pandemic has accelerated the trend, causing rapid house-price inflation and placing rural houses even further beyond the financial reach of rural and agricultural communities.

RHWG sets targets for eradicating certain animal diseases

The Ruminant Health and Welfare Group (RHWG) has recently set UK targets for the eradication of sheep scab and BVD by 2031 along with other goals during a workshop held on 29th June.

The workshop was attended by 70 leading farmers, vets and Stakeholders from across the UK to discuss and agree on the targets of the RHWG for the priorities identified by the recent grassroots survey results.

Sheep scab currently affects 10-15% of UK farms with around 8,000 outbreaks per year costing as much as £202 million.

The group set out co-ordinated control, compulsory annual screening, traceability and vaccination to work towards sheep scab eradication. Although a new Moredun vaccine is being developed which has shown to have up to 80% efficacy, it needs to be considered as one tool in the box for the sustainable control of sheep scab rather than a silver bullet.

New changes for Approved Finishing Units and Orange Markets

Since 1st July 2021, cattle from Approved Finishing Units (AFUs) in Wales and England and Approved Finishing Units (Enhanced) with grazing (AFUEs) inn England have been allowed to move under licence and be sold at approved TB dedicated sales - known as Orange Markets - in Wales and England.

Unsold cattle from an AFU in Wales can be returned from an Orange Market to an AFU.

An unsold animal returning from an Orange Market to an AFU does not count as a move for these purposes.

Animals that have already moved into an AFU in Wales from an AFU, or an AFUE, can be moved under licence to an Orange Market, but a licence condition will be that they can then only be sold at the Orange Market for slaughter, or to an AFU / AFUE in England.

This condition is not yet included in the licence, but in the interim period until the licence is updated, the licence can still be issued to AFU operators in Wales.

Guidance on the Welsh Government website and TB Hub is available.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water free pesticide disposal scheme relaunched

Dŵr Cymru - Welsh Water has relaunched its free pesticide disposal scheme for farmers & growers, gamekeepers, foresters and land managers in Wales as part of the PestSmart project.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the risk posed by unwanted, out of date or revoked registered plant protection products and undiluted sheep dip.

Those who believe they are eligible need to register an interest before 5pm on 9th August 2021, however, it will be a first come, first served basis. An appointed contractor will then get in touch to confirm which products are eligible for collection.

Participants that took part in 2019 and/or 2020 can take part again in 2021 and dispose of 30L/Kg of eligible products for free.

For more information on the scheme and how to register, please click here.

To register via telephone with a member of the PestSmart team, please call 01443 452716

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