The Minister said that CAP and the new RDP for Wales from 2014 will be uppermost in his mind and he will emphasis the importance of full engagement from the farming unions to ensure the Welsh Government is able to develop the best possible outcome for the farming industry in Wales.
Alun Davies said
“I generally welcome the goals of the draft CAP reform proposals from Europe and need to make sure that there is provision in the RDP for a range of services to support the farming industry. Farms are first and foremost businesses that, like every other business, need to be or become profitable and to remain profitable if they are to be sustainable for existing and future generations.
During the next few weeks I expect to set out the main elements of the schemes that we will aim to deploy in Wales. I will be consulting on my proposals for both direct payments and the RDP in February and I want the full support of the farming unions and wider industry players to ensure the responses I receive are wide ranging and constructive.”
Mr Davies will also take the opportunity to highlight his position on the recommendations recently presented to him in the report, Unlocking the Potential of the Uplands as well as reiterating why it would not be appropriate to resurrect Tir Mynydd, the scheme ended by his predecessor. He will also challenge the farming unions to continue to work in partnership with the Welsh Government to ensure that farmers in Wales are fully aware of what the new Glastir scheme can do for farm businesses and for the environment..
In respect of the financial support the Welsh Government and taxpayers provide to farm businesses, the Deputy Minister will say how pleased he was with the efforts of his officials in ensuring that over £200 million in direct subsidy payments were issued in the lead up to Christmas 2012.
Finally, the Deputy Minister will update the farming unions on the progress being made towards the delivery of on-line application systems for farmers in Wales. This important initiative represents a significant financial investment and one that will benefit the industry and government alike.