Agricultural Policy

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SAF Deadline Extension

The SAF deadline has now been extended to 15th June 2020 and all subsequent deadlines which follow will also be extended by a month, including for submitting supporting evidence.

15 June 2020
BPS Greening Requirements

The three crop rule crop diversification requirements for the 2020 BPS year will no longer apply. Seed receipts need not be submitted however Ecological Focus Area requirements remain in place.

The system cannot be changed at this late date to stop warnings appearing on the SAF when the three crop rule is not met - a message will therefore appear and can be ignored.

 
Glastir Small Grants: Landscape and Pollinators

Due to the covid pandemic, RPW have confirmed that the deadline for Glastir Small Grants: Landscape and Pollinators capital works has been extended to 30 September 2020 so that work can be conducted in September after the hedge cutting closed period.

30 September 2020
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC)

The 9th Expression of Interest window is now open for the GWC scheme.
The scheme provides financial support for capital works including planting, fencing and in certain circumstances, annual maintenance and premium payments.
You must contact a registered planner to discuss your proposals and they must then complete and submit an EOI on your behalf.
The land put forward to be planted must be registered with the Rural Payment Wales Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) and be under your full management control.
See here for further information and to express an interest.

12 June 2020
Farming Connect Funding for Training Application Window

The next funding application for training are open and will close on 26 June 2020.

Those registering for the first time in order to apply for a funded training course or update their account details should contact Farming Connect before 5pm on 22 June 2020.

26th June 2020
Dŵr Cymru Pesticide Scheme

Dŵr Cymru have relaunched their free and confidential Pesticide Disposal Scheme for farmers, growers, gamekeepers, foresters and land managers to safely dispose of any wanted or out of date pesticides and herbicides.
See here for further information on how to register.
Participants that took part in 2019 can take part again in 2020 and dispose of 30L/Kg of eligible products for free.

Extended to 29 May 2020

FUW frustrated by Welsh Government draft water quality proposals

Dairy farmers in Wales have spoken of their deep concern that water quality regulations published in draft form by Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths would push dairy farms ‘over the edge’.

Discussing the draft legislation at an emergency meeting of the Farmers’ Union of Wales Milk and Dairy produce committee, delegates were clear that a large proportion of the industry, which is already suffering severe impacts due to the knock-on impact of coronavirus, would not survive if these regulations were to be introduced.

FUW outlines current situation for Welsh dairy industry

Many within the Welsh dairy sector have continued to operate under difficult and stressful financial circumstances since the overnight closure of most foodservice businesses under the UK government’s covid-19 lockdown.

The FUW has received a number of reports of farmers having to dump thousands of litres of milk as some processors refused to collect due to the loss in markets, whilst at the same time, spot milk markets became saturated and prices fell to as low as 7 pence per litre (ppl). It is reported that sales by liquid milk processors serving foodservice or wholesale markets have dropped by 50 to 60 percent, resulting in a supply and demand imbalance. This in turn has led to reductions in milk prices paid to farmers along with delayed payments and volume reductions from the dairy companies. Many are now receiving far less than the cost of production.

Covid-19 pandemic impacts on lamb and beef supply chains

As with the dairy industry, the lamb and beef sectors are faced with unprecedented times following the overnight closure of the foodservice sector both in the UK and on the continent.

Most recent average prices for liveweight prime cattle in Wales and England stood at 186.4 pence per kilogram whilst both deadweight steer and cull cow prices were down by around 20 pence per kilogram year on year.

AHDB reports state that for the week ending 19 April, the retail demand for beef mince had increased by around 40% in volume, contributing £5m in additional sales compared with 2019. Whilst the demand for steaks increased by 28%, roasting joints were still down by 49% in volume, an average of 30% over the two week Easter period year on year. Given that higher value cuts such as roasting joints and steaks represent around 10% of carcase weight, but 30% of carcase value, the increased proportion of carcases being minced represents a significant fall in carcase value, estimated to be around £200; something which is exacerbated by the loss of markets for skins, many of which went to Italy.

FUW pushes for better domestic food procurement process

The FUW has written to Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe outlining the urgent need to safeguard domestic food security and primary producers by ensuring that the procurement process is aligned with the Well Being of Future Generations Act.

The letter highlighted the importance of ensuring that the food procurement process does not rank price above all other factors, and that it functions in a way which protects domestic food security, the food supply chain and ensures the long term viability of our food producers and their businesses.

COVID-19 - Gwybodaeth Bwysig i’n haelodau a chwsmeriaid

Yn dilyn gwasgariad y Coronafeirws (COVID-19), rydym wedi penderfynu amddiffyn aelodau, cwsmeriaid a chyd-aelodau staff trwy gau pob swyddfa FUW. 

Bydd pob aelod o staff yn gweithio oddi ar ein safleoedd am y dyfodol rhagweladwy, golygir y bydd ein timau yn parhau i gynnig yr holl wasanaethau dros ffon/e-bost/skype neu ffyrdd eraill o gyfathrebu o bell. 

Dylai aelodau a chwsmeriaid barhau i gysylltu gyda ni yn yr un modd ag arfer, gellir cysylltu â’r staff trwy ddefnyddio’r rhifau ffôn arferol.  

Byddwn yn sicrhau bod safon ein gwasanaethau yn parhau. Caiff apwyntiadau SAF/IACS barhau fel yr arfer ond fe cant eu gwneud dros y ffôn. 

Gweler manylion cyswllt eich swyddfa leol yma: https://fuw.org.uk/cy/cysylltwch

 

Linciau pwysig ynglŷn â'r Coronafeirws:

 

Mae Hwb TB wedi paratoi rhestr o gwestiynnau a ofynnir yn aml parthed sut caiff prosesau TB eu heffeihtio gan y feirws: https://tbhub.co.uk/statutory-tb-testing-of-cattle-in-gb-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Tractor Coch (Red Tractor) dwieddariad yma: https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/contentfiles/Farmers-7085.pdf?_=637206600290507095

Cymdeithas Arwerthwyr Da-byw - 25/03/2020: https://www.laa.co.uk/news/3989/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-to-members-and-farmers/

Busnes Cymru (sy’n cynnwys gwybdooaeth am gefnogaeth i fusnesau oherwydd y Coronafeirws): https://businesswales.gov.wales/cy/cyngor-coronafeirws

Cynllun benthyg Coronafeirws oherwydd ymyriad i fusnes ar gael trwy fenthycwyr sy'n cymryd rhan: https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/  
 
Canllawiau Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Contractwyr Amaethyddol (NAAC) ar Coronafeirws: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/
 
Gwasanaethau Cofnodi Llaeth Cenedlaethol 24/03/2020: https://www.nmr.co.uk/about-us/coronavirus