An agri-environment scheme which supports livestock production in Wales’ most challenging farming regions must be reinstated, according to farming leaders.
The Welsh Government has replaced four schemes, including Tir Mynydd, with one single environmental support scheme, Glastir.
But a delegation from the Farmers’ Union of Wales has urged Wales’ deputy farming minister to reinstate Tir Mynydd ahead of 2013 IACS payments.
“Due to the low number of farmers entering Tir Mynydd’s replacement scheme, Glastir, and the expected uncertainties over CAP reform we called for Tir Mynydd payments to be reinstated in time for the 2012 IACS due to be paid in 2013,” said the union’s president, Emyr Jones.
Payments were due to be scrapped at the end of the year but former rural affairs minister, Elin Jones, had agreed to extend support payments through 2012.
At the time she insisted there would be no further payouts from then on.
Approximately 80% of the total 1.6 million hectares of agricultural land in Wales falls within the designated Less Favoured Area.