Welsh Labor and Plaid Cymru have agreed to work together over the next three years on key policies affecting rural areas, including agricultural payments and agricultural pollution.
The two sides will cooperate on 46 policies where there is a common interest, including second homes, the Welsh language and the post-Brexit sustainable agriculture program.
The agreement between the two parties, announced this week, aims to “solve the problems that require the most political and political effort to be solved”.
They agreed “to introduce a transition period as we reform the agricultural payments system so that stability payments continue to be a feature of the sustainable agriculture program during and beyond this Senedd period.”
Other policies featured in the 11-page document include working with farmers and landowners to improve water and air quality.
The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) met with Plaid Cymru Rural Affairs and Agriculture spokesperson Cefin Campbell MS to discuss details of the cooperation agreement.
FUW Chairman Glyn Roberts said: ‘There were clear distinctions between the aspirations of Welsh Labor and Plaid Cymru in their manifestos in the spring, but given the current balance of votes in the Senedd, Labor was willing to negotiate on a range of issues. “
On the transition period to be introduced for farm payments, Mr Roberts said: ‘We have always advocated the inclusion of stability payments which protect family farms in Wales in any future scheme, and although commitment to be of very high level, we certainly welcome this. “
The agreement also commits to work “with the farming community to improve water and air quality, by rolling out the 2021 Water Resources Regulation, taking a targeted approach to activities known to cause of pollution”.
“We discussed this with Mr Campbell and the fact that there had been a unanimous decision by Senedd members in June to review the regulations – a process currently being undertaken by the Committee on Economics, Trade and Business. rural areas of Senedd, ”Mr. Roberts said.
“We will therefore monitor developments and seek to ensure proportionate and targeted actions that do not unfairly impact farmers.”
Other sections of the agreement discussed during the meeting included commitments to implement a community food strategy to encourage the production and supply of locally sourced food in Wales.
Work will also begin with farmers to ensure the right trees are planted in the right places, while protecting local ownership and control of woodlands.