Drastic proposals will see farmers become ‘land managers’ who are paid only for pre-agreed outcomes, with no income subsidies
The concept of the farmer is to disappear in Wales over the next decade as the industry undergoes its biggest shake-up in almost 60 years.
A consultation document published today, setting out a new funding support system for Welsh agriculture, makes no mention of farmers but instead refers to them as “land managers”.
This is intended to reflect their future roles as multi-faceted professionals who are equally adept at managing water resources and storing carbon as they are at producing food and wool.
The new funding set-up, outlined by the Welsh Government in its “Brexit and our Land” document, proposes to remove all income support from agriculture, with no safety nets...