Auto Trader Ltd
Farminguk
06 May 2016 | Online since 2003
Scrutton Bland


2 April 2014 07:04:43|News,NFU

NFU presents RDP vision to Welsh Assembly members


NFU Cymru has presented its vision for the Wales Rural Development Plan 2014-2020 to members of the National Assembly for Wales in an event held in Cardiff Bay.

Those present at the event, sponsored by Llyr Gruffydd AM, Plaid Cymru’s Rural Affairs spokesman, were informed by NFU Cymru President, Stephen James, how the Rural Development Plan is a key enabler of NFU Cymru’s vision for a productive, profitable and progressive Welsh agricultural industry which can contribute increasingly to economic growth in Wales with the farming industry at the heart of thriving rural communities.

Speaking at the event, Stephen James said, “NFU Cymru’s aim is to establish the background conditions in which farm businesses can be profitable and develop. Without profitability our shared goal of sustainability – in economic, environmental, social and cultural terms cannot be realised.
“The Rural Development Plan will provide an estimated £953m of support to the rural economy in Wales during the period 2015-2020. This significant investment must have a transformational and lasting impact on our industry. The components identified in the proposals will all have a role to play in delivering our vision and the budget allocations to each component will be critical to success.”
NFU Cymru members agreed that the primary driver for change will be the support available under the investments measure. This should deliver a sustained period of investment in the latest technologies, equipment and facilities on farm. A number of themes emerged during the consultation including animal health and welfare, soil protection, energy, water efficiency and resource management. Maintaining farming in the uplands and on hill grazings was also considered as vital, however, the support proposed under area-based measures, via the Glastir scheme, is based on income foregone calculations and must be supported by the introduction of a dedicated ANC scheme.
Stephen James concluded, “Welsh agriculture is ready to step up to the challenge and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. To do this effectively we need viable, profitable enterprises and the confidence to invest. We need a Welsh Government that is committed to Welsh agriculture, a government that puts in place a policy framework that allows farmers to optimise productivity and simultaneously deliver ecosystem services.”
NFU Cymru’s Vision for the Wales RDP is the culmination of extensive consultation with Union members at branch, county and board level and has been supported by the establishment of an RDP Task & Finish Group. The Vision will form part of NFU Cymru’s comprehensive response to the RDP consultation which closes on 14 April 2014.

Download





0 Comment


loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

World News

Russia plans to start meat and poultry exports to China

China may soon open its market to Russian meat and poultry according to Agriculture Minister Aleksandr Tkachev. Exports of poultry may begin before the end of June this year, added the minister. La...


New Zealand | 6 May 2016
Organic milk returns rocket as Fonterra announces $9.20 price for organic farmers

The global demand for organic milk has been dramatically underlined by Fonterra's opening 2016-17 season forecast for its organic suppliers of $9.20 per kilogram of milksolids. The price is a contr...


Canada | 6 May 2016
Vancouver farmers’ land growth being limited by mansion owners

Jordan Maynard, like many young farmers in the Lower Mainland, is hungry for more land to grow crops and raise livestock. But he can’t convince any of the property owners in Vancouver’s tiny agricu...


New Zealand | 6 May 2016
BNZ reveals $566.7m 'new impaired' dairy assets

The BNZ's Australian parent has revealed it has more than half a billion dollars of "new impaired'' New Zealand dairy assets on its books, up from none a year ago. While the majority of the $A522mi...


France | 6 May 2016
France leads EU revolt against Mercosur trade talks

Almost half of the countries in the EU have risen up in open revolt against the European Commission’s plans to revive a long-stalled trade deal with Latin America’s Mercosur bloc next week. Brussel...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed

Farms and Land for sale

PropertyLocation
PropertyAgent
PropertyMinimumPrice
PropertyMaximumPrice
PropertyCategory

Holiday Rentals search

AccommodationKeyword
AccommodationType
AccommodationCounty
AccommodationStarRating


Top stories you may have missed
closeicon
Username
Password