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Minister to outline cuts to farmers' payments

Farmers in wales will see their Common Agricultural Policy payments reduced or capped. Credit: ITV

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.


Meat contamination checks on farming agenda

Wales' agriculture minister will debate how to prevent meat contamination at the Royal Welsh Show. Credit: PA

Six months after the horsemeat crisis erupted, a debate at the Royal Welsh Show will discuss the lessons learnt and the opportunities for the Welsh farming and food industry. There are concerns that consumer confidence in the UK food industry has been seriously dented by the horse meat scandal.

NFU Cymru's campaign message at the Royal Welsh Show is that while Welsh farms produce quality products questions about food authenticity and security of the food supply do need to be addressed.

“The horsemeat scandal demonstrated that equally stringent standards were not necessarily upheld further up the supply chain. The key lesson for consumers is the shorter the supply-chain the lower the chance of something going wrong, the less chance of contamination," says Ed Bailey President.

A debate will take place this afternoon at the show ground which will include Wales' agriculture minister Alun Davies, Professor Nigel Scollan, Waitrose Chair of Food and Farming and Gwyn Howells, Chief Executive of Meat Promotion Wales.

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