Agricultural Policy

Consultations Pending

i) NRW ‘Challenges and Choices’

This is the second consultation under the Water Framework Directive that will contribute to the River Basin Management Plans and the State of Natural Resource Report (SoNaRR 2).

The consultation aims to share an overview of water management challenges in different areas of Wales and ways of improving these.  Respondents can suggest actions that are required in different areas which should influence the approach to water management in the area.

NRW would like your views on the issues affecting Wales, the Western Wales River Basin District and the Dee River Basin District.  In addition:

  • Any additional evidence that we should include in the preparation of the Area Statements and SoNaRR 2
  • The options for resolving the significant water management issues
  • Your suggestions to address the issues identified in the river basin district

Please follow click here for the consultation document.  Deadline for responses is 22nd December 2019.

ii) Welsh Government Clean Air Plan For Wales

The aim of the Clean Air Plan for Wales is to improve air quality and in doing so reduce the burden of poor air quality on human health, biodiversity and the natural environment in Wales - alongside the Prosperity For All National Strategy and commitments to reduce emissions.

The plan outlines how air quality policy is interlinked with other Welsh Government policies i.e. Sustainable development, Well-Being of Future Generations and Environment Acts, Decarbonisation.

The plan uses themes to address areas of impact where future action is required. These themes include improving air quality to:

  • Protect the health and well-being of current and future generations
  • Support our natural environment, ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Support a prosperous Wales
  • Support a sustainable place

Please follow click here for the consultation document.  Deadline for responses is 10 March 2020.

iii) Welsh Government Changes to planning and related applications fees

The Welsh Government has set out new proposals which aim to revise planning application fees as they currently do not cover the costs of running Local Planning Authority (LPA) services.

The consultation proposes to retain the current planning fee structure as set out in the 2015 regulations in the short-term and increase all planning fees by around 20%.  In addition, to support LPAs when determining applications for certificates of appropriate alternative development, they propose to introduce a fee of £230 per application.

In the longer term, Welsh Government aim to consider whether there is a need to reform the method of charging planning fees for supporting the cost recovery process.

Please follow click here for the consultation document.  Deadline for responses is 13 March 2020.

British Heritage Sheep – New Tastes from old Traditions

The National Sheep Association (NSA) recently launched its report on the British Heritage Sheep Project.  The scheme, which has widespread backing, including from the Farmers’ Union of Wales, aims to improve meat sales of our 60 or so British native sheep breeds by creating an umbrella organisation to promote and support producers and retailers.

It is primarily aimed at informing consumers about each piece of meat’s ABC - A being for age (lamb, hogget or mutton); B being for the native breed; and C being the Countryside where the animal was reared.

Research by YouGov found that two groups of consumers were particularly interested in knowing more about the ABC of each animal.  These were young people, who eat very little sheep meat, and those who eat meat but currently not sheep meat.  Taste trials carried out by the NSA have identified that meat from older sheep have definitive taste and texture differences between native breeds.

The British Heritage Sheep Company will be formed in the New Year.  More information is available here.

British Heritage Sheep – New Tastes from old Traditions

The National Sheep Association (NSA) recently launched its report on the British Heritage Sheep Project.  The scheme, which has widespread backing, including from the Farmers’ Union of Wales, aims to improve meat sales of our 60 or so British native sheep breeds by creating an umbrella organisation to promote and support producers and retailers.

It is primarily aimed at informing consumers about each piece of meat’s ABC - A being for age (lamb, hogget or mutton); B being for the native breed; and C being the Countryside where the animal was reared.

Research by YouGov found that two groups of consumers were particularly interested in knowing more about the ABC of each animal.  These were young people, who eat very little sheep meat, and those who eat meat but currently not sheep meat.  Taste trials carried out by the NSA have identified that meat from older sheep have definitive taste and texture differences between native breeds.

The British Heritage Sheep Company will be formed in the New Year.  More information is available here.

Beaver Reintroduction

Residents of the Dyfi Valley are being consulted with regarding a proposal to reintroduce beavers to the area over a five year period.

The consultation is being run by the Wildlife Trusts, and its outcome is likely to set precedents for the whole of Wales.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposals can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Importing And Exporting Animals And Animal Products Has Changed

New European regulations, Smarter Rules for Safer Food (SRSF), that replace 70 previous European regulations in order to improve health and safety standards were introduced on 14 December 2019.

Included within the SRSF are the Official Controls Regulation (OCR) and the Plant Health Regulation (PHR), both of which now apply, whilst the Animal Health Regulation (AHR) will apply from 21 April 2021.  These new regulations will apply whilst the UK remains a member of the EU and during any transition period, and be included within the Withdrawal Act under a no deal scenario.

Border Inspection Posts and Designated Points of Entry are now being redesignated as Border Control Posts (BCPs).  Importers are required to give the BCPs at least one working day’s notice prior to import, or when not possible, a minimum of 4 hours.  They also need to complete a Common Health Entry Document (CHED) which replaces the Common Veterinary Entry Document and Common Entry Document.

TRACES NT is the new system for notifying imports coming from outside the EU.  Details on how to register can be found here.  Imports which have been notified before 14 December on the previous TRACES Classic system that have arrived on or after 14 December MUST be re-registered on the new system.  Those  who used TRACES Classic for within EU trading must continue to do so.

For further information, please see here.

For any technical help required with the registration, email any questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact

Farmers' Union of Wales
Llys Amaeth
Plas Gogerddan
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3BT

01970 820820
post@fuw.org.uk

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