Farmers in West Wales have called for a firm commitment from the Welsh Government over support payments.
“Welsh agriculture is in the grip of a cash flow crisis with prolonged low prices continuing to put severe pressure on the majority of dairy, sheep, arable and horticultural farm businesses,” Pembrokeshire NFU’s county chairman, Simon Richards, said today (Tuesday, October 13).
“Cash flow is a major concern, not just for farmers but for the multitude of rural businesses that depend on farmers for their income.
“It is very disappointing that the Welsh Government has confirmed it will not be in a position to take advantage of the flexibility given to it by the European Commission to make up to 70 per cent of direct payments from October 16.
“The Welsh Government needs to recognise the magnitude of the crisis facing the agricultural industry.
“We call on it to make a clear and firm commitment to make a substantial partial payment of this year’s Basic Payment Scheme support to all farmers in Wales when the payment window opens on December 1,” he added.
“Our farm businesses are being ravaged by the volatility of the global market place and while we recognise there is very little the Welsh Government can do to directly influence global markets, we are looking for it to use the tools at its disposal.
“Delivering prompt payment support to the industry through the Basic Payment Scheme would help businesses cope with the challenges of operating in such a volatile market place.”