CropTec Show
Farminguk
27 September 2016 | Online since 2003
Scrutton Bland


30 January 2014 04:03:59 |Finance,News

Welsh farming report 'fails to address cash flow issues'


Farmers in Wales will be disappointed by the Review into the Resilience of Welsh Farming Report launched today and the Minister’s accompanying statement accepting the recommendations. NFU Cymru believes that both fail to address the cash flow issues currently facing the industry.
Ed Bailey, who stands down as NFU Cymru President tomorrow, speaking at a meeting of Welsh Council said, “Last week’s farm income figures showed the very real threats facing farmers in Wales now. This review and Alun Davies’ Ministerial statement are filled with recommended changes that may well benefit farmers and Welsh agriculture in the medium to long term, but the concern is how can farm incomes be maintained in the short term to allow farmers and their families to then capitalise on the opportunities that may come further down the line from the implementation of the recommendations within the review.
“We are disappointed that this review has not recognised the need to re-introduce a dedicated Less Favoured Area / Area of Natural Constraint (LFA / ANC) scheme as allowed under the EU Rural Development regulations and already exist in the vast majority of countries the length and breadth of Europe. Whilst the review proposes the use of a number of potential tools under the next Rural Development Plan (RDP) this review, and the Minister’s response so far, fails to consider the most important tool available to help support and build resilience in upland communities the length and breadth of Wales.
Mr Bailey continued, “The Minister, when he made the decision to take 15% of resource out of Pillar 1 and into Pillar 2, stated that under the next RDP there would be targeted support for upland farmers, this to us clearly means a dedicated LFA /ANC scheme delivered under Pillar 2 of the CAP. We have yet to see this from the Minister and feel that this, in our opinion, must be satisfactorily addressed when the Minister launches his consultation on the Wales RDP next month.
“Whilst NFU Cymru is disappointed at the failure so far to address the issue of dedicated upland support, the Union recognises that many of the recommendations have the potential to benefit Welsh agriculture. Recommendations with regards to the Glastir agri environment scheme, for example, mirror many of the changes the Union has long argued for.
Mr Bailey continued, “There are many things in this report which we feel we can welcome, for example the adoption of the proposed contingency management plan. We know full well that the extreme weather in March last year took many by surprise - including farmers, local authorities and the Welsh Government. It is only right that plans are formed to ensure everyone is better placed to deal with such an event in future.
“We can see merit in the development of a sustainable agriculture programme, the objective of which is to improve the financial viability of farm businesses, bringing together Young Entrants Support Scheme, Farming Connect and the Glastir efficiency grant into a single business model. NFU Cymru understands that the programme will look to prioritise the uplands and young/new entrants, but as always the devil will very much be in the detail.
“The report also identifies the upland beef and sheep sector as priority sectors for non-farm diversification and start-up support, whilst at the same time it acknowledges that opportunities for diversification are limited. There are numerous excellent examples of farm businesses having successfully diversified and in the process secured valuable additional income streams but the key priority must continue to be on ensuring upland beef and sheep enterprises can be profitable and viable in their own right.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

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


New Zealand | 26 September 2016
Foreign investment in food raises fears over loss of control

Silver Fern Farms' controversial $260 million deal with Shanghai Maling received the final tick of approval from the government last week, based on its belief the purchase would be a substantial benef...


Denmark | 26 September 2016
Denmark and Malaysia signs agriculture deal

On 22 September Minister for Agriculture & Agro-based Industries, Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and his Danish counterpart, Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, finally signed the Memorandum of Understanding ...


USA | 26 September 2016
California farmers drilling wells as groundwater limits loom

Farmers in central California are drilling more and deeper wells than ever before to pump water for their fruit orchards and sprawling fields following government imposed limits on surface water. T...


New Zealand | 26 September 2016
Fonterra profits jump 65% despite ongoing challenges in dairy markets

Despite ongoing challenges in the dairy market, Fonterra, the New Zealand-based co-op, has posted a 65% increase in profits for the 2015/2016 financial year. The co-op has seen net profits increase...


Romania | 26 September 2016
Romania may suspend farmland purchases by foreigners for three years

Romania may suspend farmland purchases by foreign individuals and companies for a period of three years if a draft law currently debated in the Parliament is approved. The new bill aims to set stri...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Labour will end the badger cull and prioritise ending bovine TB, Shadow Def...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A herd of rare White Park cattle could die out if its owners do not urgentl...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The UK government is "failing" to support farmers in the long-term accordin...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Retailer Co-op has announced that from May 2017 all of its bacon and lamb w...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock-take of all the UK's n...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

In the run up to the EU farm ministers meeting the agricultural sector have...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The RPA must iron out a number of problems that still exist with 2015 BPS p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Tourism businesses in the countryside are being held back due to the uncert...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A 24 point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland's sheep sector after ...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A new survey has revealed that the vast majority of British consumers belie...


closeicon
Username
Password