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Scrap all subsidies. 

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We can't have free trade deals with countries that don't hand over vast sums of money to farmers.

by smallholder on September 09, 2016 at 10:15AM

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  • Posted by RhianP October 26, 2016 at 10:37

    Since the removal of all subsidies in NZ farmers have been forced to make a living from very marginal land. With vast amounts of forest and native bush being removed for grazing. Land so steep that vehicles cant access so helicopters are needed to fertilize and spray out gorse and unwanted vegetation. Erosion and flash flooding are becoming huge problems with estuaries silting up having a knock on effect on NZ shellfisheries. Spraying of herbicides directly into watercourses and ditches is common to ensure that land drainage is maintained. Over 90% of the countries natural wetlands have been drained for agriculture, and pollution of waterways is an increasing problem. These wetlands of deep peat, once carbon sinks, now release their C into the atmosphere.
    I agree that the removal of agricultural subsidies in NZ has improved efficiency and developed ways of farming useful throughout the world. But at what cost? I do not think we should advocate the removal of farming subsidies in the UK. This would lead to the overgrazing and loss of our upland and wetland habitats. Small fragments of which remain in a suitable condition for wildlife. Farmers need rewarding for protecting the land for ALL.
  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 13:57

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar celyn.cooper@cynulliad.cymru. Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach: http://www.assembly.wales/cy/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!

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    Thank you for sharing your idea and comments!

    Your ideas and priorities are now being used to help the Committee write its report on how we can develop principles to underpin a new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales. For more information, please do contact me @ celyn.cooper@assembly.wales. I’ll also make sure to update the pages and this thread to keep you updated as this progresses.

    Your ideas and priorities have also been a great support for the Committee as it invited representative organisations and bodies to come to the Senedd and give oral evidence on the future of agriculture in Wales.

    Of interest, the Committee is also undertaking a number of other inquiries at the moment that may be of interest. You're more than welcome to contact me directly, or visit the Committee's webpage for more information on how to get involved: http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Thank you again for all your contributions!
    Diolch!
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