Rural Income Support

In my opinion there is no better way to distribute liquid wealth throughout the rural economy than to give 'cash to farmers', particularly small family farms, suggest under 200 acres. Farmers generally do not tend to hoard cash but  spend it locally on a huge supply chain. There are a wide variety of diverse businesses which exist on the back of farming.

Why the contribution is important

'Small Farmers' tend to be family owned businesses operating on a scale which does not encourage them to source supplies outside their local communities such as can be seen happening with the expansion and industrialisation of some larger farms over the last 20 years or so. These small farms are the backbone of rural communities and also essential in maintaining the Welsh language, culture and traditions that are sadly being eroded due to low wage levels and lack of farm profits to distribute. Young farmers clubs are also extremely important in maintaining traditional Welsh culture and should be supported directly.

by IanH on August 27, 2016 at 08:02AM

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  • Posted by wefan1 August 28, 2016 at 20:27

    Young farmers need the financial support especially to run small farms. Food security is a big issue, we import something around 40%. Keeping money and produce circulating locally would benefit the Welsh economy.
  • Posted by denvaughan September 01, 2016 at 12:41

    Brexit could be an opportunity to support local producers against cheap imports and develop our local, rural economies?

    Ultimately farming is a business and financial support should only be applied to business development, and environmental conservation.

    Unfortunately contemporary economics and international markets do not help.
  • Posted by dewiesgair1 September 06, 2016 at 10:14

    Family farms are the back bone to the rural communities in all parts of Wales also the welsh language is part of this important landscape.
    Having support payments to these rural busines could support young people to stay, work,
    Keep the language,contribute to the economy.
  • Posted by EllisHuws September 26, 2016 at 12:09

    I don't agree with giving money to any single employment group. We need crop farmers. We also need nurses. Teachers. Bin men. They're all important.

    The culture of throwing subsidies at a group like farmers is a throwback to the 1950s. If there are subsidies they should specifically be for things that improve the environment - planting forests, creating habitats, and so on. Not just for "being a farmer".
  • Posted by AlexandraCook September 27, 2016 at 15:09

    Either (1) we all are given basic income OR (2) we all are only given money (doesn't matter if it is called a salary or a subsidy) in proportion of how the whole society values our contribution. There is no fairness when there are bits and pieces of 1 and 2 mixed together. When one group of hard working honest people are raised above others this always creates mistrust, envy, misunderstanding, etc.
  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 13:52

    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 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:

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!


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