The Welsh farming industry will learn on Wednesday (1 February) just how many farmers have joined Wales’ controversial new farmland management scheme.

Deputy farming minister, Alun Davies, will be making a statement to Assembly Members during a Plenary meeting at the Senedd.

Until then the Welsh Government won’t reveal just how many farmers have joined Glastir, although the contracts started on 1 January. Farmers will get their first payment retrospectively, at the end of this year

The Welsh Government is hoping for a bigger uptake than in 2011 when fewer than 3,000 farmers signed up to the scheme.

Since then a review group has recommended 70 changes, many of which were accepted.

Glastir was first unveiled in 2009 and will replace five land management projects.