Next generation of Glastir launched
A third version of the Welsh Government’s flagship Glastir land management scheme was launched today (Tuesday, July 3) following a widespread stocktaking exercise resulting in 148 changes – and will remain as the “settled scheme” for Wales until 2020.
Making the announcement in a Senedd plenary session Agriculture Minister, Alun Davies, made it absolutely clear that there will be no further extended reviews of the scheme and that reduced administration, increased support for farmers and improved communication of the scheme would be delivered with immediate effect.
He said there would be a significant number of changes which would streamline application and management of the scheme.
To encourage a wider understanding, the names of each element of the Glastir scheme is also to be simplified with the All-Wales Element tag being abolished and simply known as Glastir - Entry. The Targeted Element would be known as Glastir – Advanced.
From 2014, the application window will also be abolished, so farmers can apply for the scheme at a time that suits them. Application will also become available as an online process.
“This has been an overwhelmingly positive exercise. The vast majority of respondents recognised that the approach we are taking with Glastir is the only realistic way of achieving our aim of a financially and environmentally sustainable farming industry in Wales,” said Mr Davies.
“My stock-take has provided a clear direction of travel for Glastir and in total I have accepted 148 of the recommendations gathered over the past few months.
“I want farmers not simply to assume that Glastir has nothing to offer them but to access the available information and to speak to my officials.
“Those farmers who considered joining the scheme at the start and did not do so should certainly come back and look at the changes that we have made to see whether the scheme might now work for them,” he added.
“I want to reiterate that Glastir is here to stay and that once all the amendments made as a consequence of my stock-take are built into the scheme there will be no further significant changes and no further reviews.
“I hope that farmers and other land managers will respond positively to the opportunity that Glastir offers them and agree that Wales now has an excellent agri-environmental scheme fit for purpose and fit for the future.”