Lesley Griffiths has today announced further temporary relaxation of obligations, or ‘derogations’, to assist Glastir farmers and land owners affected by the current prolonged period of dry weather.
Farmers and land owners have recently reported challenges in soil tillage and the increased risk of crop failure due to the current dry spell.
There will now be a blanket derogation on the establishment of root crops until 15 August. Although contract holders do not need to contact RPW, farm records such as activity diaries must be updated.
Alternatively, contract holders can request to not undertake the root crop option for 2018. In these circumstances, it will not contribute towards the 2018 payment but no penalties will be applied for not delivering the option either. Claimants must request this derogation in advance either in writing or through RPW online.
On unsprayed Spring Sown cereals, current rules prevent farm businesses from harvesting before 1 August or until 14 weeks after sowing (whichever is later). A blanket derogation will now allow harvesting to commence from 15 July. Again, contract holders do not need to contact RPW but farm records must be updated.
For contract holders with hay meadow options, a derogation has already been given to allow them to cut before the 15th July. Contract holders do not need to contact RPW although farm records must be updated.
Farmers and land owners experiencing difficulties in meeting other Glastir options or have animal welfare issues, such as availability of water for livestock, are advised to contact RPW immediately for further consideration on a case by case basis.
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said:
“The prolonged period of dry and hot weather has been a real challenge for farmers across Wales.
“I want us to be able to provide flexibility to them and I am pleased to be able to announce further temporary relaxations to Glastir obligations. These will not only support farmers to mitigate the impact of the dry period but enable them to continue delivering their Glastir commitments.”
Full details of the derogations and advice can be found on the Glastir pages.