FUW hosts consultation events on Welsh Government Sustainable Farming Scheme plans

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is holding meetings for members and other interested parties across Wales to discuss the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation.

The consultation, launched by Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths in July, outlines proposals for future farm and rural support which have been revised in light of the comments received in response to the 2018 Brexit and our Land consultation.

It proposes that future support should be designed around the principle of sustainability in a way which brings together the ‘wide-ranging and significant economic, environmental and social contribution or farmers’, through a single Sustainable Farming Scheme based on the principles of providing a meaningful and stable income stream; rewarding outcomes in a fair way; paying for both new and existing sustainable practices; and flexibility allowing it apply to every type of farm.

Farmers’ Union of Wales President Glyn Roberts said: “We welcome the fact that the consultation document acknowledges many of the concerns raised by respondents to last years Brexit and our Land consultation, and focuses on farmers and food producers.

“Concerns highlighted by the FUW last year about the dangers of setting a fixed timetable and ploughing ahead with proposals at a time of complete uncertainty over Brexit and its impacts, and undertaking detailed modelling and economic assessments of proposals before coming to any decision, also appear to have been taken on board.”

Mr Roberts said that this acknowledgement and the consultative tone of the document would help to discuss the proposals with the industry and urges farmers to join the FUW at it’s consultation meetings.

“Whilst we hope that the Welsh Government will indeed extend the consultation period, until we have had clear confirmation that this is the case, we will do our best to ensure that farmers understand the proposals. 

“I would therefore urge anyone with an interest in the future of agriculture, and our rural economy to join us at one of our meetings to discuss what is being proposed,” added Glyn Roberts.

Events to discuss the consultation document in detail have therefore been arranged at the following dates and locations and are sponsored by HSBC Bank:

COUNTY

DATE

LOCATION AND START TIME

Denbigh & Flint

Monday September 16 

Lecture Theatre, Llysfasi College, LL15 2LB, 7.30pm

Caernarfon

Wednesday September 18 

Glynllifon College, LL54 5DU, 7.30pm

Anglesey

Friday September 20 

Anglesey Showground Pavilion, LL65 4RW, 7.30pm

Pembrokeshire

Monday September 23 

Nantyffin Hotel, Llandissilio, SA66 7SU, 7.30pm

Ceredigion

Wednesday September 25 

Aberaeron Rugby Club, SA46 0JR, 7.30pm

Carmarthen

Friday September 27 

White Hart Inn, Llandeilo, SA19 6RS, 7.30pm

Gwent

Tuesday October 1

Monmouthshire Livestock Centre, Raglan, NP15 2BH, 7.30pm

Glamorgan

Wednesday October 2 

The Grove Golf Club, Porthcawl, CF33 4RP, 7.30pm

Brecon & Radnor

Friday October 4 

FUW Pavilion, Builth Wells, LD2 3NJ, 7pm

Meirionnydd

Monday October 7

Clwb Rygbi Dolgellau, Marian Mawr Enterprize Park, Dolgellau LL40 1UU; 7.30 pm

Montgomeryshire

Wednesday October 9

The Elephant & Castle Hotel, Broad St, Newtown SY16 2BQ; 7.30pm

 

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