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Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 -2020

Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 - Land Use Event

Event type: Community, Farming, Food, Forestry, General
Date: 22 March 2017
Location: Pan Wales
Telephone: 0300 062 2302

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Community Farming Food Forestry General

The Welsh Government held its first future land use support workshop hosted by the Wales Rural Network Support Unit on the 22nd March 2017 in Hafod y Hendre, Builth Wells.

The aim of the event was to capture the views of the farmers on the changes to their levels of support following the exit from the European Union. 

Welsh Government Officials presented on the current position and provided an overview of the day, including what input they required from the attendees. Over 60 participants took part in workshops and were given the opportunity to share their views on the threats and opportunities open to them with an indication of what support they will need from Welsh Government and industry stakeholders for their individual businesses. 

The day concluded with a feedback session, which captured some of the key findings, conclusions and issues raised which are to be taken forward by the Ministerial Brexit Roundtable Group. A summary of the top 5 threats and 5 opportunities are as follows:

Top 5 threats and opportunities:

Threats:

  1. Uncertainty around trade, market access and competitiveness
  2. Lack of level playing filed
  3. Lack of incentive for new entrants to the industry
  4. Marginalisation of the uplands
  5. Threats to the rural community e.g. depopulation/land abandonment/lack of IT

Opportunities:

  1. Introduce some form of share farming
  2. To make farming more sustainable
  3. Diversification
  4. A new scheme which is flexible and fair
  5. Protection for young farmers