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Written Statement - Dual use of land by farmers claiming European payments

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Alun Davies, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes

I issued a written statement in July on the practice of dual use of land, where two farmers claim payment under different schemes on the same parcel of land.  I have considered the feedback from a number of key industry representatives that highlight how the traditional land tenure arrangements in Wales allow more than one claimant to meet the eligibility criteria of the respective schemes claimed on the same land in the same year. 

I have decided to enhance controls from 2012 to allow dual use of land to continue in Wales, where the individual scheme eligibility requirements are met.  Dual use of land will come to a natural end by 2014 with the conclusion of the older Agri-environment Schemes.  Dual use of land is not allowed for Glastir and the Organic Farming Conversion Scheme.