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The UK Government has confirmed that current levels of farming subsidies will remain in place for 2020 as the UK prepares to enter a Brexit transition period at the end of January 2020.
The Basic Payment Scheme will be funded at the same level as the Common Agricultural Policy, while the Welsh Government continues work on a longer-term post-Brexit replacement scheme.
Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths (Lab, Wrexham), welcomed the confirmation but added: “I would call on the UK Government to provide guarantees of funding for agriculture and to replace other current EU funds for future years. This will allow us to plan important future work to support agriculture, develop the economy, tackle climate change and protect our environment.”
There was criticism of the UK Government’s decision not to commit to providing additional rural development funding. Llyr Gruffydd AM (Plaid, North Wales) said: “The Chancellor needs to urgently clarify that the £45million shortfall will be made up in full. Plaid Cymru will be relentless in its support for Welsh farmers and that means ensuring that the UK Government makes a New Year’s resolution not to leave farmers out of pocket.”