This allocation of funding responds to the ending of the EU Rural Development Programme (RDP), which will close in 2023. It will ensure continuity of support for important actions previously funded under the RDP.
Funding, which will be available to support farmers, foresters, land managers and associated rural sectors will be delivered across six themes:
- farm scale land management; on-farm sustainable land management actions to enhance natural resources, such as encouraging the growing of crops which provide an environmental benefit like protein crops
- on farm environmental improvements; including enhancing fuel, feed and nutrient efficiency, embedding circular economy approaches and encouraging the use of renewable energy
- on farm efficiency and diversification; supporting farm efficiencies through investment in new technology and equipment and to enable opportunities for agricultural diversification
- landscape scale land management; delivering nature based solutions at a landscape scale, through a multi-sectoral collaborative approach
- woodland and forestry; supporting our commitment of 43,000 hectares of woodland creation by 2030 and supporting the creation of a timber based industrial strategy
- food and farming supply chains; creating a strong and vibrant Welsh food and drink industry with a global reputation for excellence with one of the most environmentally and socially responsible supply chains in the world
- Habitat Wales Scheme; An interim agri-environment scheme will open for applications later this year, here is an outline of the proposed scheme.