THE Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is holding meetings for members and other interested parties across Wales to discuss the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation.

The consultation, launched by Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths AM in July, outlines proposals for future farm and rural support which have been revised in light of the comments received in response to the 2018 Brexit and our Land consultation.

It proposes that future support should be designed around the principle of sustainability in a way which brings together the ‘wide-ranging and significant economic, environmental and social contribution or farmers’, through a single sustainable farming scheme

based on the principles of providing a meaningful and stable income stream; rewarding outcomes in a fair way; paying for both new and existing sustainable practices; and flexibility allowing it apply to every type of farm.

Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts said: “We welcome the fact that the consultation document acknowledges many of the concerns raised by respondents to last years Brexit and our Land consultation, and focuses on farmers and food producers.

“Concerns highlighted by the FUW last year about the dangers of setting a fixed timetable and ploughing ahead with proposals at a time of complete uncertainty over Brexit and its impacts, and undertaking detailed modelling and economic assessments of proposals before coming to any decision, also appear to have been taken on board.”

Mr Roberts said that this acknowledgement and the consultative tone of the document would help to discuss the proposals with the industry and urges farmers to join the FUW at it’s consultation meetings.

“Whilst we hope that the Welsh Government will indeed extend the consultation period, until we have had clear confirmation that this is the case, we will do our best to ensure that farmers understand the proposals.

“I would therefore urge anyone with an interest in the future of agriculture, and our rural economy to join us at one of our meetings to discuss what is being proposed,” added Mr Roberts.

Events to discuss the consultation document in detail have therefore been arranged with sponsorship from HSBC Bank.

The Denbigh and Flint event will take place in the lecture theatre at Llysfasi College, near Ruthin, on Monday, September 16 (7.30pm).

Glynllifon College will host the Caernarfon meeting on Wednesday, September 18 (7.30pm), with the Anglesey Showground pavilion hosting the Anglesey event on Friday, September 20 (7.30pm).

Over in Meirionnydd, there will be a meeting at Dolgellau Rugby Club on Monday, October 7 (7.30pm).