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Organic Farming Support 2015-2020 - Latest
The Welsh Government has now considered the responses to its consultation on organic farming support 2015 – 2020. The Minister has made a statement and published a a summary of the responses.
The statement confirms that applications for the new scheme will be invited this Autumn, and while it stops short of laying out the detail it includes some indications of where things are going. These include:
• A commitment to review payment rates in light of changing costs
• A rebalancing of conversion and maintenance payments to address the concern that large
numbers of farmers may convert without an ongoing strategy for maintaining profitability.
• Stronger requirements to access training and for business planning prior to entering the scheme
Current Schemes. Organic Farming Scheme/Organic Farming Conversion Scheme
Since 1999, the Welsh Government's organic farming schemes have supported farmers during organic conversion and for maintaining their organic status during the lifetime of the agreement. Recent schemes include:
Organic Farming Scheme. This scheme was introduced in 2008. Farmers who were in the scheme's forerunner were able to transfer to this scheme on 15th May 2008. In doing so they committed to organic production for a further 5 years (i.e. their agreements will end on 14th May 2013). Land that started conversion between 16 May and 22 October 2008 will also be in this scheme. Agreement holders whose agreements were due to expire in 2013 have been offered extensions until end of 2014 under the RDP transitional arrangements.
The Organic Farming Conversion Schemes (OFCS).The more recent Organic Farming Conversion Schemes (OFCS) scheme was introduced in 2009, and the application windows were also opened in the autumn of 2010 and 2011. These are also 5 year agreements.
Glastir replaces Tir Gofal, Tir Cynnal and Tir Mynydd and has several elements.
Glastir Entry (previously Glastir All-Wales) is a whole farm land management scheme open to application from all farmers and land managers throughout Wales. It is designed to provide support for the delivery of environmental benefits that meet today's challenges and priorities. Successful applicants will make a commitment to deliver environmental goods for five years under a legally binding contract.
Glastir Advanced (previously called Targeted Element) is a part farm scheme which will run alongside Glastir Entry. It is intended to deliver significant improvements to the environmental status of a range of habitats, species, soils and water. This may require changes to current agricultural practices. Financial support from the Welsh Government will be targeted at locations where action will lead to the required result.
Common Land Element provides support for the delivery of environmental benefits on common land.
Glastir Woodlands provides support for land managers who wish to create new woodland and/or manage existing woodlands. The Woodlands Element will provide beneficial outcomes for a range of woodland types, species, soils and water.
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