The Welsh Government has set out how it wants to change the system of subsidies paid to farmers. At the *Royal Welsh Show, *Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies launched a consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, which is being cut across Europe over the next few years.
Wales' agriculture minister Alun Davies is seeking views on how Common Agricultural Policy payments should be made to farmers in Wales up to the end of the decade.
At a question and answer session at the Royal Welsh Show he will set out his proposals for how the basic payment system should work.
The Minister will propose a five year transition to an area based payment system founded on land categories that recognise the different characteristics and productivity of different land types.
Mr Davies says he will take a robust approach to capping large payments that will go beyond Europe's mandatory requirements and will in addition place a 100% cap on payments over €300,000
Alun Davies said, "I have opposed decisions supported by the UK Government that will see CAP fall by €55 billion across the EU in this round but realistically we all know that the coming reform period to 2020 is probably the first step in a longer term trend of falling public support.
"I cannot stress enough that this coming period of guaranteed support - which no other sort of business enjoys -is one that must be used to prepare for the likelihood of a further reduction in direct payments after 2020."
The consultation will run from 23 July until 15 October. The Minister hopes to make final decisions on these proposals at the end of the year.