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High number of 2016 Glastir annual management payments outstanding

Last updated: 17 May 2017

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NFU Cymru Meirionnydd County Branch held a walkabout style meeting at Dolgellau Market last week.

The meeting gave members an opportunity to voice concerns about the high number of 2016 Glastir annual management payments that have not been paid in the area.

Frustration was clear as many farmers reported that Glastir Payments were occurring later and later after the anniversary of the contract commencement date on January 1st.  Some farmers reported that they had now been waiting nearly 18 months since they had received their previous Glastir annual management payment from Welsh Government. 

Commenting on this issue Meirionnydd NFU Cymru County Chairman Geraint Rowlands said: “Many farmers are approaching me to say that they still haven’t been paid. As it gets to the end of the winter cash flow is a real issue on hill and upland farms and it’s very worrying when these payments haven’t been made.”

Emlyn Roberts the County Vice Chairman added: “What infuriates farmers further is the lack of information about when the payments are likely to be made.  Whenever they enquire with the Welsh Government the lack of detail as to when the support is likely to be paid is quite worrying. 

“An indication of the likely timescale is required to assist with forward business planning and would be a great help as we try and manage our finances towards the end of the lambing season.

“Whilst WG had advised us that management payments would not be paid from November, as was the case in previous years, we were led to believe that these payments would be made in the first quarter of 2017 but here we are now in the middle of May with many still not having received their agri-environment support.  

“Meirionnydd has a high proportion of farmers that are part of the Glastir scheme. Farmers in the county have made long terms commitments under Glastir and previous agri-environment schemes. They are contributing significantly to the protection and enhancement of our environment alongside their core food production role. They have changed their business enterprises accordingly to ensure that they undertake the measures required to enhance the environment and landscape, the least that they deserve is to be given a clear indication of when they can expect to receive their management payment.”

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