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Announcing payment rates for the Glastir Organic Scheme

The Welsh Government has announced the new payment rates (subject to EU Approval) for 'Glastir Organic'.

In a structural change to the previous scheme there is no specific support for arable crops, but other elements of Glastir have arable cropping options, which organic farmers can take advantage of. The new scheme will start on 1 January 2015, and the application window is expected to open late summer/ early autumn.

Tony Little from Organic Centre Wales said: 'We welcome this announcement. It means a significant increase in maintenance payments for farmers who are in the current scheme. The feedback that OCW has received has been positive. Most farmers currently in the OFS welcomed the increase in payments, which has boosted their confidence about continuing to farm organically. We have also received a small number of enquiries for farmers considering conversion for the first time in many years. Low premiums are still a concern for beef and lamb producers and although organic sales have increased this year uncertainties remain about the market, overall the announcement has been well received. Much of the detail is not yet available, crucially the precise definition of 'rough grazing' and the business planning requirements, but all will become clear by the Royal Welsh Show.'

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