New payment scheme outlined for Welsh farmers...

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Direct farm subsidies worth £235 million to Welsh farmers look set to end by 2025.

Under proposals issued on Tuesday 10 July, the Welsh government aims to scrap the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), which in 2017-18 paid subsidies to 15,520 farm businesses, along with Pillar 2, financial support for environmental projects, and replace them with two new schemes.

A new Economic Resilience (ER) scheme would target payments at specific capital projects, such as machinery, processing facilities, precision agriculture, livestock housing or diversification.

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...