Gweithio'r Tir

·       This is a once in a generation opportunity to support integrated land management, with a truly integrated rural development plan

·        Natural resources, with healthy and optimised biodiversity providing fully functioning ecosystems, should be at the fulcrum of a rural and agricultural policy

·        All land uses would then need to identify their role in safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem function, in accordance with the principles of sustainable natural resource management (Environment (Wales) Act 2016)

·        Support all semi-natural resources that are sensitive to or at risk from agricultural improvement or reclamation and also from abandonment

·        Within this, achieve maximum environmentally sustainable market value from renewable energy, clean water, GHG sequestration, flood defence and food and fibre production

·        Build environmental, social, cultural and economic resilience in rural Wales

·        Set environmentally sustainable food production in the context of declining quality and availability of productive agricultural land owing to the impacts of climate change (as stated in UK Climate Change Impact Assessment Report 2017)

·        Reduce food waste from the production, retail and consumption chains to facilitate greater focus and impact on quality, climate change, land quality, seasonality and sustainability

·        Change subsidies to contractual agreements or incubator funds based on locally identified need to support the delivery of Area Statements and, for example, National Park Management Plans

·        Identify what other rural land use opportunities are available as a consequence both of current land abandonment (e.g., possibilities for high nature value land), reducing food waste and much more efficient, and targeted, farming

·        Recognise and provide real resources for farm and land management businesses within Wales’ designated landscapes (National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), to play a specific and leading role in maximising Wales’ biodiversity and ecosystem services

·        At least maintain if not strengthen current European environmental protection measures (see for example https://www.fginsight.com/news/uk-public-back-eu-rules-to-protect-bees-and-nature-14842 with regard to public attitude)

·        Address the age profile of farmers and particularly commons graziers (average age late fifties/sixties).  Enable the transfer of land to next generation through financial inducements and assistance with asset transfers, share farming arrangements etc.

·        Provide a dignified exit plan for ageing farmers.

·        Refocus agricultural education to include proactive habitat management, including active pastoralism.

Why the contribution is important

The world is an increasingly small place made smaller by human patterns in consumption.  Already the world wastes half the food that it produces so, given that we therefore don't need to produce more food, there is huge capacity to target agriculture much better, curb and change people's food habits, improve their well-being and self-health responsibilities and to re-imagine a more biodiverse and ecologically functioning Wales.  The Environment (Wales) Act and the Well-Being of Future Generations Act has already set the tone and created the context for Wales' rural development policies. Land management and place planning now need to measure up.

by PaulSinnadurai on September 30, 2016 at 11:54AM

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  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 13:58

    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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