Sioe Môn: consultation on post-Brexit support for farmers

The Rural Affairs Secretary has warned the Welsh Government cannot maintain the status quo for providing financial support to Welsh farmers after Brexit.

Lesley Griffiths’ comments came ahead of her visit on the second and final day of the Anglesey Show (Sioe Môn) at Mona.

The Wrexham AM will meet farmers and unions to discuss a shake up of how support is delivered. Last month, the Government launched a consultation on two new Land Management schemes – providing business grants and payments for delivering public goods.

Under the plans, basic subsidies will be gradually phased out from 2020 with the new schemes in place within five years. It would also affect the Glastir scheme for sustainable land and other parts of the Government’s rural development programme.

Mrs Griffiths said: ”Brexit means we will all have to do things in a different way. Put simply, maintaining the status quo is not an option.”

”In its place we will have a ‘made in Wales’ support systems to deliver wide- ranging benefits. Our proposals will keep farmers farming and ensure they thrive in a post-Brexit world. Now is the time to forge a new consensus on the role of farmers in Wales.”

”My message is simple – there has never been such an important time to get involved and help us shape the future of farming in Wales.”

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