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Organic maintenance payments and Glastir

The Welsh Assembly Government has published the independent review of the All-Wales Element of Glastir. One of the recommendations was the re-introduction of organic maintenance payments at the expense of the 50% reduction in points threshold for organic producers. The Minister has accepted this recommendation in principle, although the details have yet to be worked out.

Sue Fowler, Director of Organic Centre Wales, said 'The withdrawal of maintenance payments was of major concern for the whole organic sector in Wales, so this is welcome news. It recognises that organic farming delivers environmental benefits and makes a real contribution to the objectives of Glastir. We recognise that a few organic farmers may struggle to reach the full points threshold, but our work over the last year or so indicates that their number will be small, and for the sector overall this is the right result.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of those that helped bring about this change, in particular the organic farmers on the review panel: Keri Davies and Aled Rees”.

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