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Written Statement - Young Entrant Support Scheme Year 2012-13 - Approval to Award Grant Payments from the YESS Budget.

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The Young Entrants Support Scheme is a package designed to offer support, guidance and grant aid to encourage young people into the farming industry.
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Alun Davies, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes

I wish to inform Assembly Members that I have agreed to release the budget for the third year of the Young Entrants Support scheme (YESS) and that the budget for this year’s scheme will remain at £1.705 million.

Interest in the third year of the scheme was very strong, and the quality of the proposed projects was again of a very high standard.  Offer letters have been issued and following confirmation of agreements, full details regarding the number of successful applicants will be announced.

The continued support for this scheme shows this Government’s determination to support youth entrepreneurship and inter-generational change, to help secure a vibrant future for Welsh agriculture.

I also wish to inform Members that the annual Brynle Williams Memorial Award to recognise our former colleague’s contribution to Welsh agriculture, both as Assembly Member and a farmer will be held again this year.  The winner of the award will be selected from the successful applicants to the second year of the YESS scheme and will be announced at this year’s Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.  I think it most apt that this award will go to a young farmer as it reflects Brynle’s unwavering support for the Welsh agricultural industry and his belief in our young people to deliver a successful future for the farming sector in this country.