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Fersiwn Cymraeg

We only have until the 30th October 2018 to contribute to Welsh Government's consultation on the future of Welsh farming and whilst NFU Cymru will be submitting a response on behalf of our membership, it is really important you have your say NOW to add strength to our response.

This is the most significant and important Welsh Government consultation on the future of the agricultural industry for a generation. This consultation provides the opportunity for the industry to make its voice heard and to shape Welsh Government thinking. It's vital that we get the message across that food production is at the heart of everything we do and is a crucial part of Wales' post-Brexit future.

NFU Cymru is carrying out a comprehensive member engagement programme throughout the consultation period, but we need you to respond to this consultation to add weight to our vision.

Have your say

Details of the 'Brexit and our Land' consultation, NFU Cymru's view, and ways to respond are available here.

You can respond directly to the consultation, but to save time we've highlighted some of the key areas below. Once you have completed the questions using the guidance which you can copy and paste into the boxes (please do add your own comments as well) we will create an automatic email that can be sent directly to Welsh Government ([email protected]) and the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths as well as any AMs you selected.

You will have the chance to edit your email before it's sent.


Food Production – securing a continued supply of safe, quality, fully traceable food is in the nation's interest.

Welsh Government policy and investment is needed and government should…

Here are some suggestions:
remember that farmers are first and foremost food producers and with the right policy and funding framework farmers will continue to produce world leading food whilst caring for our beautiful landscape and enhancing our environment.
remember that the Basic Payment Scheme has been an invaluable tool in underpinning high quality food production in Wales. Proposals to phase out these payments could have major consequences not just for farming families but for the wider food supply chain in Wales.
take note that a recent YouGov survey has shown that 83% of Welsh consumers supported the idea of a new domestic agricultural policy in Wales providing funding support for Welsh farmers to continue supplying safe, high quality and fully traceable food to the nation.
recognise the current and future challenges that face global food production. These include extreme weather events, scarcity of land and water in some countries, the growth of protectionism and population growth. As a globally responsible nation we have a responsibility to maintain our productive capacity and to help play our part in feeding our nation and contributing to global food security.
allow Welsh farmers to be able to compete with farmers in the rest of the UK and the EU. Funding support and policies must be comparable with farmers from other countries who will continue to compete for the same markets as Welsh farmers.

Environment – All farmers in Wales should be fairly rewarded for the public goods they are already delivering. Payments must go beyond income forgone calculations.

Welsh Government should ensure that future policy…

Here are some suggestions:
recognises that food production is at the heart of every farming business and it is farmers, who manage over 80% of the land area of Wales, that have the skills and experience to maintain and enhance our natural environment and our iconic landscapes.
recognises that our capacity to feed ourselves as a nation and secure supplies of safe food will be increasingly important given the predicted challenges to the global food production system. In a recent YouGov survey the Welsh public have overwhelmingly shown their support for farmers to receive funding support to ensure the continued supply of safe, high quality and fully traceable food to the nation. Home grown food production must have the full support of government if we are to provide what society expects and does not disadvantage farmers who have participated in agri-environment schemes over many years. Habitats, created, enhanced and restored should be recognised and valued in the future public goods approach.
is practical and achievable on our farms and we need to be sure that Government can deliver these schemes simply and in a timely fashion. We can only be sure that this will be the case if future schemes are designed in partnership with farmer representatives and are piloted prior to being rolled out across the country.

Productivity – measures providing funding to support investment in modern farm infrastructure, the latest technologies and innovations to ensure farming businesses are well equipped to face the challenges and maximise the opportunities of a post-Brexit market place.

Future policy should…

Here are some suggestions:
recognise that farmers need a stable foundation and confidence to allow them to invest in their businesses in future, increase productivity and deliver public goods for society.
reflect the fact that the primary role of all farmers in Wales is food production and this role will become increasingly important in the future, given the predicted challenges to our food production system, alongside managing and enhancing the quality of our environment.
be developed with a full understanding of the effectiveness of existing productivity measures in Wales such as Farming Connect, Sustainable Production Grant and Farm Business Grant Schemes recognising Welsh Government propose they will be operating in the absence of direct support.
ensure that every £1 invested by government in agriculture, delivers a return of around £7.40 as is currently achieved or our rural communities will be poorer in future.

Transition – Providing farmers time to adapt to life outside the EU.

Welsh Government must ensure a sufficiently long transitionary period from current arrangements to a new domestic agricultural policy because…

Here are some suggestions:
until we receive greater clarity from politicians in the UK and EU as to our future trading relationships, it is impossible for us to make long term business decisions. The focus of our government should be to provide stability until we have a greater understanding of our future trading relationship.
we need to be sure that Government proposals for future support are practical and achievable on our farms and we need to be sure that Government can deliver these schemes simply and in a timely fashion. We can only be sure that this will be the case if future schemes are designed in partnership with farmer representatives and are piloted prior to being rolled out across the country.
government needs to properly assess the impact of their proposals on farming businesses and also consider the impact any changes could have on the rural economy, our language, our culture, our communities and our ability to feed ourselves as a nation now and in the future.