Welsh Government Farming Consultation: Sustainable Farming and our Land
NFFN Briefing and Members Survey
On 9th July 2019 Welsh Government published their Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation which puts forward revised proposals for how farmers will be supported in the future. This consultation follows their initial proposals contained within last year’s Brexit and our Land consultation.
- The Welsh Government is now proposing a single scheme to support farmers – the Sustainable Farming Scheme. This will include 2 support mechanisms;
- 1. Sustainable Farming Payments that rewards farmers for delivering environmental public goods such as water quality, flood mitigation, biodiversity and carbon sequestration.
- 2. Business Support Measures to support efficiency, productivity and farm profitability through the provision of advice, skills development and capital investment.
- Entry to the new scheme would be via a Farm Sustainability Review carried out by the farmer and an adviser. The product of the review would be a Farm Sustainability Plan, providing the gateway to the two types of support.
- The Sustainable Farming Payment would replace BPS and Glastir and provide an annual income to farmers in the scheme.
- Future support should be designed around the principle of sustainability and proposes to pursue an objective of Sustainable Land Management. The framework for new schemes will be the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
- Advice is seen as in investment in the capacity of farmers rather than a cost to the scheme
- A multi-year transition period from current schemes to the new scheme is proposed – when this period starts, and ends is yet to be decided due to the Brexit uncertainty.
- The majority of the budget will likely be for delivering environmental outcomes, as this often brings economic and social outcomes, either directly or indirectly.
NFFN Wales have created a short survey for our members which will ensure we are representing your views in our response to this consultation. Please spare a few minutes and have your say now!
The consultation runs until 30th October 2019 and the deadline for our survey is the 16th October 2019. The NFFN are responding to the consultation and we look forward to hearing the views of our Welsh farmers!