Proposed regulations will enable Welsh Government to introduce new post-Brexit farming regime
Welsh ministers are set to be given “significant” new powers in the Agriculture Bill to influence the country’s farming sector.
These powers will be used until a bespoke Wales Agriculture Bill is introduced to the National Assembly, probably before the end of the current Assembly term in 2021.
Initially, the new set of powers outlined in the Agriculture Bill – to be introduced into Parliament today – will closely mirror those intended for England.
However, at the cabinet secretary’s request, Wales-specific powers also include an emphasis on supporting rural communities as well as businesses involved in supply chains.
The Bill sets out how farmers and land managers will in future be paid for “public goods”, such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, public access to the countryside and measures to reduce flooding.