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Plaid Cymru welcomes commitment and progress on Glastir

08/03/2022

 

Plaid Cymru’s Rural Affairs spokesperson Llyr Huws Gruffydd has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that it will open a consultation on the Glastir scheme in order to learn lessons. He particularly welcomed a willingness to consider reprioritising resources within the scheme.

Plaid Cymru’s Rural Affairs spokesperson Llyr Huws Gruffydd said:

“I welcome the Ministers announcement of a stock-taking exercise on Glastir. There is clearly a need to learn lessons in the way the programme is being implemented and whilst the Rees Roberts Review led to many improvements it is now timely to take a broader view of the future of the scheme.

“However, any changes to the scheme must happen within the context of CAP reform. The last thing we need are changes to Glastir now and further changes again next year because of a new Common Agriculture Policy.

“I'm also glad that the Deputy Minister confirmed to me that he is happy to consider moving resources within Glastir. We know that the ACRES element is heavily over-subscribed and I would welcome increasing that budget to accommodate that particular demand.”

More than 1,200 farmers have applied for the ACRES which provides support towards the cost of purchasing equipment for energy efficiency, but only around 120 applications have been successful.

“Nevertheless, I am disappointed at the Deputy Minister’s threat to legislate to force farmers on board. The Government's focus must be on implementing changes with the consensus of farmers.  Wales has a strong record of successful agri-environment schemes which shows that the will is there to make Glastir work”