Plaid Cymru AM and shadow minister for the environment and rural affairs Llyr Gruffydd has warned that the Welsh government risks “pushing Welsh farming blindfolded off a cliff” following the announcement by Minister Lesley Griffiths that the Basic Payment Scheme will be scrapped after 2021.
Instead, two schemes will be rolled into one with further consultation on the plans will be launched ahead of the Royal Welsh agricultural show in July.
Llyr Gruffydd AM and Plaid Cymru shadow minister for the environment and rural affairs said,
“These far-reaching changes are being introduced at a period of huge instability. The Welsh Government has no idea what our trading relationship will be with the EU in a matter of months and neither do they know what level of funding they will receive from Westminster to replace CAP farm support.
“Introducing such changes at this unprecedented period of uncertainty is a huge risk. Doing so without at least an element of stability through a basic payment could have devastating consequences. Without the safety net of some form of direct payment the Welsh Government is pushing Welsh farming blindfolded off a cliff.