Assembly comes to the aid of wet Welsh producers

The Welsh Assembly Government has temporarily suspended the cross-compliance requirement prohibiting the use of mechanical equipment on waterlogged soil until 31 July.

“As farmers we have endured weeks of exceptionally wet weather, which has made field operations and harvesting very difficult,” said Perkin Evans, NFU Cymru county chairman for Pembrokeshire.

“We are glad that this more pragmatic approach has been taken. If the bad weather continues then we will press for an extension beyond 31 July.”

Mr Evans also welcomed a decision by the Welsh Assembly Government permitting the use of set-aside land for grazing cattle, where heavy rains have ruined summer pastures.