Agricultural Policy

News in brief March 2021

i) Redistribution of red meat levy agreed

The redistribution of red meat levies in Wales, England and Scotland will be implemented from 1st April 2021 in order to take into account cross-border livestock movements.

This move will allow levy monies to be paid to the levy board of the Country where an animal has spent most of its life rather than where it was slaughtered. Although it will enable Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to focus on their respective marketing campaigns, collaborative projects for the benefit of all three nations will continue.

ii) FUW welcomes creation of all-Wales Rural and Wildlife Crime Coordinator

The announcement by Welsh Government Minister of Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths, that a dedicated all-Wales Rural and Wildlife Crime Coordinator role will be established, has been welcomed by the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

In her announcement, the Minister agreed to provide funding for the 12 month pilot role and has written to the Chief Constables of the 4 Welsh police forces and the Police and Crime Commissioners seeking their cooperation and support to appoint an all-Wales Rural and Wildlife Crime Coordinator.

Water Resources ‘NVZ’ Regulations - what next?

Despite a tremendous effort made by the farming industry in urging Members of the Senedd to vote to annul the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations in the Senedd on 3rd March 2021, the motion was marginally defeated by 30 votes to 27.

Therefore as it currently stands, the regulations will become part of cross compliance under Statutory Management Regulation (SMR) 1 from April 2021.

  • Week commencing 22nd March 2021 - SMR1 fact sheet available on the Welsh Government website and a message sent to all farmers via RPW Online. The fact sheet outlines the regulations that are set to become law from 1st April and will be updated ahead of the changes in 2023 and 2024.
  • Week commencing 22nd March 2021 - Comprehensive guidance available on the Welsh Government website including two FAQs, one of which will focus on tenant farmers.
  • A guidance workbook will be produced in due course which will be aimed towards helping farmers undertake the required calculations and provide guidance on the records that will be required from 1st January 2023.
  • 25th March 2021 - Farming Connect will launch guidance videos. Furthermore, e-learning modules, online events and in person events (when Covid-19 restrictions allow) will be launched over the coming months.

The timetable along with a summary of the regulations will be available in the April edition of Y Tir.

It may seem that this battle has been lost but the war is definitely not over. The FUW, on behalf of its membership, is committed to do its best in holding the next Welsh Government to account to scrap or atleast change the direction of travel of these draconian, costly and disproportionate regulations.

Major retailer Morrisons targets net zero carbon British farms

The major retailer Morrisons has announced plans to become the first UK supermarket to be completely supplied by net zero carbon British farmers by 2030.

As the biggest customer of British farmers supporting around 3,000 producers, Morrisons expects to reach this goal 5 years ahead of the rest of the market.

Selected producers will begin to look at strategies for reducing carbon emissions throughout the supply chain including rearing different breeds, reducing food miles, renewable energy, low emission housing and reducing water and fertiliser use.

They will also be looking at offsetting carbon emissions by planting grassland and clover, restoring peatland and planting trees.

To achieve the 2030 goal, it plans to sell all of its eggs with net zero carbon status by 2022 and the same for beef by 2025.

HSBC UK launches £550m fund to support SMEs in Wales

HSBC UK has recently launched a £550m lending fund towards supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Wales.

This is part of a larger £15bn UK fund which includes larger ring-fenced pots for businesses that trade internationally (£2bn), the agricultural sector (£1.2bn), businesses within the tech sector (£500m) and franchise businesses (£500m).

According to research conducted by HSBC, 62% of UK businesses intend to increase investment in the next year despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund is aimed towards helping businesses grasp new opportunities and achieve goals which will support the Welsh agricultural industry given the uncertainty surrounding the future of support payments and costly regulations.

The FUW welcomes the fact that HSBC recognises the importance of SMEs to the UK economy, a fact that becomes even clearer in the context of Wales’ rural economy.

Further information can be found here:
https://www.business.hsbc.uk/en-gb/gb/campaign/fund-for-smes

The British Society of Animal Science 2021 Conference

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) will be holding a virtual conference over 4 days from 12th to 15th April 2021.

Titled ‘The Challenge of Change - The New Normal?’, the conference will host debates and webinars surrounding the challenges of adapting to the new ‘normal’ post Covid-19 and Brexit.

Leading international speakers will share the latest ground-breaking research developments in animal science, agriculture, policy and trade, education and knowledge exchange.

Some of the key FREE webinars include:

  • Climate change and biodiversity loss, 17.00 - 18.30 Tuesday 13th April 2021
  • Developments in dairy, 13.00 - 14.30 Wednesday 14th April 2021
  • Future beef farms, 17.00 - 18.30 Wednesday 14th April 2021

Further information can be found here: https://bsas.org.uk/conference

Tickets for the full conference and registration for the free webinars can be found here: https://bsas.org.uk/conference/booknow

 

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