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Debate on CAP reform

Deputy Minister for Agriculture Alun Davies announced that a consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform would start in December.

The Welsh Government led a debate on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform, on 29 November 2011.

The government tabled a motion proposing that the assembly notes that securing the best deal for Wales from CAP Reform is a key priority for the Welsh Government.

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes Alun Davies has given a cautious welcome to the proposals that will shape the future direction of the CAP in Wales from 2014.

However, Mr Davies has emphasised that the work in negotiating the best possible deal for Wales "starts now".

According to the minister the proposals provide more flexibility to shape future rural development plans to meet the changing needs of the rural economy and rural communities.

Conservative AM Antoinette Sandbach called on the Welsh Government to secure the future of Welsh family farms during CAP reform negotiations.

Ms Sandbach also argued that the plan will have a disproportionate impact on different farm systems and therefore needs appropriate transitional arrangements.

Llyr Huws Gruffydd Plaid Cymru AM and Liberal Democrat AM William Powell welcomed the statement and expressed support that the consultation would begin in December.

The five key proposals of the CAP reform are:

  • Better targeted income support
  • A "green" payment for preserving long-term productivity
  • A more competitive and balanced food chain
  • Facilitating the establishment of young farmers
  • Stimulating rural employment and entrepreneurship


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