£80 million funding package announced for Welsh farmers
The Welsh government has this week announced a further funding package of £80 million with the intention of helping the countries agricultural sector thrive in a post-Brexit word.
Cabinet secretary for energy, planning and rural affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said that the funding will extend many Glastir agreements, provide further investment through the Sustainable Production Grant and allow for the continuation of the Farm Business Grant.
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The cabinet secretary said, “I am pleased to be able to announce a significant package of support for farmers through the Rural Development Programme.
“It will help the industry face the upcoming challenges of Brexit alongside the immediate and ongoing problems associated with agriculture pollution. Importantly, the funding will also help farmers transition to our new Land Management Programme.”
“The extension of all Glastir Advanced, Commons and Organics agreements to 2021 will provide certainty for land managers and ensure the ongoing delivery of important environmental outcomes.”
Last month the Welsh government also announced that they would be introducing all-Wales regulations to help the industry tackle the unacceptable levels of agricultural water pollution, to which the cabinet secretary has allocated £16 million through the Sustainable Production Grant.
“We want to see a strong future for farming in Wales after we leave the European Union and are doing all we can, working with the industry, to achieve this. This funding package will maintain the lasting benefits of the current RDP, help farmers adapt and help the agricultural sector thrive in a post-Brexit world.”