Friday 25 May 2012
Looking at CAP
EC CROP proposals surfaced as a topic of concern when NFU officeholders met Plaid MEP Jill Evans to discuss CAP reform.
The meeting was held at Ty Newydd, a mainly dairy unit near Holywell which is farmed by NFU Clwyd vice chairman Evan Roberts and wife Ruth.
The delegation outlined fears over EC plans to force farmers with more than 3ha of arable land to grow at least three different crop varieties.
Union president Ed Bailey said: “This can create real problems, especially when the arable area on the farm is relatively small.
“If the work is done using contractors, working with different crops with different sowing and ripening times, is not the most efficient use of their time and machinery.”
Ms Evans also heard why farmers in Wales will need time to adjust to proposed CAP reform changes in Single Farm Payments.
Also on the agenda were recent milk price cuts and sheep EID.
“We very much look to our politicians to fight Wales’ corner,” added Mr Bailey.
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