The Sustainable Food Trust submitted written evidence to the Welsh Government Consultation on Sustainable Farming and Our Land. The SFT welcomes the Welsh Government’s overall vision to support sustainable and efficient food production that works in harmony with nature.

Last year the SFT submitted written evidence to the Brexit and our land: Securing the future of Welsh farming consultation. The organisation is delighted to see that the Welsh Government have incorporated two key recommendations made by the SFT which makes a shift to more sustainable farming practices possible. These are:

  • The introduction of an annual sustainability self-assessment using a common harmonised framework of metrics. This could allow farmers to benchmark themselves and improve environmental standards year by year as well as providing more transparent information for the Government to access.
  • The integration of the public goods and economic resilience funding strands into the single Sustainable Farming Scheme for financial support.  By combining the two funding strands farmers are only able to receive support for economic resilience if they also deliver public goods. This allows for economic, environmental and social needs to be considered more holistically.

Patrick Holden, CEO of the Sustainable Food Trust said: “The key elements of this consultation document set the stage for the development of a policy framework to support a major transition to sustainable farming throughout Wales. What is needed now is a new coalition of farming groups and NGOs to collectively ensure that policy incentives and disincentives are designed in a way which makes sustainable farming not only possible, but profitable across the country.”

There is currently little indication from Westminster about the level of funding Wales will receive following Brexit. In order to gain a clear picture of how these plans will play out and to be able to prepare adequately for the transition post Brexit, the SFT supports calls for further clarity from Westminster in terms of the funds available.

To read the written evidence click here.

For further information please contact:

Victoria Balfour: Press Officer

Megan Perry: Communications Manager

Photograph: Neil Howard

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