MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is encouraging local farmers to express their views on the controversial Glastir scheme, following a recent statement by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, Alun Davies.
Set up to replace the five existing agri-environment schemes, Glastir is designed to deliver measurable outcomes at both farm and landscape levels in a cost effective way.
The scheme has, however, been described as lacking direction and good management and the uptake so far has been low.
Setting out his plans to take Glastir forward, the Deputy Minister admitted that the scheme had been subject to too much change and needed time to settle.
His announcement that he would be inviting local farmers to “Tell me what you think” before announcing the outcome of the exercise in June, has been welcomed by the Monmouth AM.
“I know many farmers are still not happy about different elements of the scheme so it is vital that they make their views known before final decisions are made in June,” said Nick. “They can do so by writing to Garry Haggaty, Head of the Farm Development Division, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ or e-mail Glastir.firstname.lastname@example.org.”