12-week agricultural tenancies consultation launched in Wales

A 12-week consultation has been launched to examine how reforming agricultural tenancy legislation in Wales could help boost farm productivity.

Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs said: “Agricultural tenancies play a very important part in shaping farming practices in Wales.

Approximately 30% of total farmed land is rented under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 or informal agreements or grazing licences.

“As we approach Brexit, it is vitally important all elements of the farming industry in Wales are resilient, productive, prepared for the future and able to access new land management schemes.”

The consultation runs concurrently with a similar Defra consultation and is informed by the recommendations brought forward by the Tenancy Reform Industry Group.

The principal aim is to consider how farmers can increase and maximise productivity by modernising farming practices.

It hopes to identify outdated or restrictive farming practices and highlight changes which could be made to agricultural tenancy legislation to support a more productive industry.

The consultation closes on July 2, 2019.

Griffiths added: “I welcome responses to allow me to consider what changes – if any – are needed to allow Wales’ agricultural sector and rural economy to thrive in the future.”