Farmers who have signed up to Wales’ new agri-environment scheme have received a funding boost before the first cheques have even been issued.
The Welsh Government has announced that Glastir payment rates have increased by £6 per hectare to £34.
Farmers who plan to join at the reduced entry level will see payments rise from £14/ha to £17/ha.
The funding increases follow negotiations between the Welsh Government and the European Commission.
It has also been agreed that new options proposed during a recent review of Glastir will take effect immediately, instead of being implemented next spring.
Alun Davies, Wales’ deputy minister for agriculture, believed the changes were welcome news for farmers across Wales. “I am committed to working with the industry to make sure that Glastir works for farmers and the changes I have announced today are proof of that,’’ he said.
Payment rates to farmers in Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) of Wales and those farming in non-LFAs will in future be the same, he added.