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New proposals to support Welsh farmers unveiled

The latest Welsh Government Brexit paper, Brexit and our Land, proposes two new large and flexible schemes to replace Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Glastir and other parts of the Rural Development Programme.

The programme will consist of the following 2 schemes:

  • the Economic Resilience Scheme will provide targeted investment to land managers and their supply chains, it will provide investment to increase competitiveness and make improvements in resilience and productivity for high-quality food production

  • the Public Goods Scheme will provide a new income stream to land managers delivering public goods from the land, it will enable them to help address challenges such as climate change mitigation, habitat loss, poor air and water quality

No changes will be made to the existing BPS scheme in 2018 and 2019 and all current Glastir contracts will continue to be honoured. From 2020, work will begin to move to the new schemes, including a phased reduction in BPS as new schemes come on-stream. The ambition is to have the new schemes fully in place by 2025 using existing high-performing Rural Payments Wales systems.

The closing date for the consultation is 30 October 2018.

For further information please visit the GOV.Wales website.

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