An innovative scheme that supports young people in Wales who want to farm, is to continue for a second year.

Wales’ rural affairs minister Elin Jones said the second phase of the Young Entrants Support Scheme (YESS) will open for applications on 18 October.

The scheme was launched last year to give farmers under the age of 40 a helping hand.

To be eligible, they must have adequate skills and competence in agriculture and either be setting up as head of the holding for the first time or have done so in the last 12 months.

Elin Jones has made clear throughout her term as Rural Affairs Minister her support for young entrants.

“As rural affairs minister, my overriding priority is to create a sustainable and profitable farming industry in Wales,” she said.

“The continued success of the family farm is at the very heart of our strategy to achieve this.”

The minister said she had been very encouraged by the number, variety and quality of the applications received in the first year of the scheme.

“I am very much looking forward to visiting some of the successful applicants in the next few weeks,” she added.

“The Young Entrants Support Scheme will play an important part in ensuring that the farming industry in Wales has a long, successful and ultimately sustainable future ahead of it.”

The deadline for applications is 20 December.