Published on Wednesday 9th May 2018 by Sarah Jones
>The Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has set out a timetable for the future of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in Wales post-Brexit.
>The Cabinet Secretary has confirmed that the Basic Payment Scheme will continue as planned for 2018 and for the 2019 scheme year.
>From 2020, when powers return from Europe, a gradual and multi-year transition from existing to new schemes will take place.
>By 2025 the Cabinet Secretary would like implementation completed and will set out further details in July, which will be subject to consultation.
>The Cabinet Secretary also reiterated her five core principles for the future of land and the people who manage it.
>* We must keep land managers on the land;
>* Food production remains vital for our nation;
>* Future support will centre on the provision of public goods that deliver for all the people of Wales; and
>* All land managers should have the opportunity to benefit from new schemes.
>* We need a prosperous and resilient agricultural sector in Wales, whatever nature of Brexit.
>The Cabinet Secretary said: “Brexit brings significant changes and we must have a well-planned and multi-year transition. I learned the importance of avoiding a cliff edge removal of subsidies during my recent trip to New Zealand.
>“I have always been clear that we should not lose a penny of funding as a result of leaving the EU and I will continue to fight to protect a full and fair allocation of funding to support land management in Wales.
>“The UK Government has so far failed to provide any detail or commitment beyond 2022 and I recently jointly wrote with my Scottish counterpart to Michael Gove seeking urgent clarity on future funding.
>“Despite this uncertainty I want to set a timetable for Welsh farmers. The Basic Payment Scheme will continue as planned in 2018. I can confirm that I will also continue to operate the Basic Payment Scheme for the 2019 scheme year.
>“From 2020 powers will return from Europe. I then envisage a gradual and multi-year transition from existing to new schemes. By 2025 I want to have completed implementation. I will set out further details in July and can guarantee that changes will be subject to explicit consultation.
>“The great challenge of Brexit is to ensure its impact does not undermine the true value land management provides Wales. The great opportunity is to put in place new made-in-Wales policy to help the industry to adjust to future market forces.
>“As a Government, we are determined to put Wales in the strongest position to thrive in a post-Brexit world. I am confident our land managers can adapt but it is this Government’s role to provide the time and support needed to achieve this.”