Rural Affairs Minister sets out timeline for future farm support


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The new Sustainable Farming Scheme will "maximise the protective power of nature through farming" and "will be key in protecting the environment for this generation and those to come".


The Welsh Government has engaged with more than 2,000 farmers and stakeholders in the first phase of co-designing the new scheme and the next phase of co-design will take place in the summer of 2022.


The Minister has revealed an outline of the Sustainable Farming Scheme will be published next year and this will include the actions which farmers are asked to undertake. Analysis of the estimated cost to the farm business and wider sector of undertaking them and the resulting environmental benefits will be also be published to enable farmers to provide informed feedback.


A final consultation on the detail of scheme design, and transition to the new scheme, will take place in spring 2023.


Engagement with farmers through an outreach programme on the final Scheme will take place the following year.


The scheme is set to open in January 2025.


Speaking in the Senedd, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths said: “As set out in our Programme for Government, tackling the climate and nature emergencies are a priority for this Government.


“The Counsel General set out our ambitious legislative programme on 6 July. This confirmed we will introduce a new Agriculture Bill in the first year of the Senedd. This will be an ambitious piece of legislation reforming decades of EU farm support and represents a significant change to the sector.


“The Agriculture (Wales) White paper set out our proposals to support farmers to adopt a sustainable approach. This will ensure a long term future for farming which recognises its importance to Welsh society.


“The farming sector has faced many challenges over the past few years and we are firm in our intention to support farmers to adapt to future changes."