Welsh farm subsidy system to remain unchanged for another year

Wales is to retain its farm payments regime for an extra year – but not necessarily with the same budget.

Rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths said the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will continue unchanged in 2021 to provide a degree of certainty to farmers.

It will also enable a “smooth, multi-year transition” to a new system of farm support - originally planned for 2020 but which will now not start until 2022 at the earliest.

However Mrs Griffiths said she could not make any commitments on the level of funding until agricultural budgets were confirmed by the next UK Government.

Speaking ahead of her visit to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Mrs Griffiths said: “In light of the continuing uncertainty, I am announcing my intention to extend the BPS to 2021, subject to sufficient funding being provided by the next UK Government for agricultural support.

“Looking further ahead, I intend to continue to support farmers post Brexit but in a smarter way.

“These will be significant changes for the sector and are entirely dependent on when the UK leaves the EU and the UK Government providing the same levels of funding to Wales – neither of which have yet been confirmed.”

Source: Daily Post