THE latest consultation on proposals for the Wales-based Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), has brought criticism from Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Russell George.
“It is the Welsh Government’s mistakes that led to this chaos and Welsh farmers remain in a mire of uncertainty,” he said.
“The initial moorland appeals process led to undue pressure on farmers and the conclusions of a judicial review only further highlighted the government’s incompetence.
“Welsh farmers – already facing record-breaking rural affairs budget cuts – are at serious disadvantage because of the previous minister’s mistakes.
“The current post holder’s consultation is also a matter of huge concern. While as many people as possible must have a say and while conclusions are needed as soon as possible, I am unconvinced of the timetable suggested.
“A July decision gives Labour’s junior minister little time to properly analyse the responses and make a considered decision.”
NFU Cymru will be holding consultation roadshows at venues around Wales to canvass members’ views on the new proposals for the Welsh Government Basic Payment Scheme.
Stephen James, NFU Cymru President said: “Given the interest this is creating we have organised five events across Wales where we will go through the consultation paper with members, talking through the discussions that have taken place since the legal challenge and seeking members’ views on the options."
“We know that the future design of the Basic Payment Scheme is a contentious issue and our membership will have a range of views on the best way forward.
“This is completely understandable given that whatever proposal is eventually decided upon by the Welsh Government can make a significant impact on the level of CAP support an individual farming business will receive in future.”
April 28, Celtic Royal, Caernarfon.1.30 – 3.30pm. Llysfasi College, Ruthin. 7.30 – 9.30pm.
April 29, Carno Community Hall, Carno. 1.30 – 3.30pm. Bishops Meadow, Brecon. 7.30 – 9.30pm.
April 30, Nantyffin Motel, Llandissilio. 7.30 – 9.30pm.