Rural Development Plan For Wales

05 Oct

Another press release has arrived, this time from wag, which might be of interest to some of you so here it is:

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture has asked the people of rural Wales for their views on delivering the new Rural Development Plan.

The RDP represents an investment of £841m into rural Wales- the new programme will operate for seven years starting in 2014, and will support the environmental, social and economic wellbeing of rural areas.

Speaking at a Welsh Government conference in Newtown, Alun Davies, launched a conversation on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to life in rural Wales.

This will be the springboard for decisions about what elements to include in the next Rural Development Plan. It will also underpin the development of the new programme and the work of the recently formed RDP Advisory Group.

Deputy Minister, Alun Davies, said: “In developing our anticipated post-2013 programmes, we are facing a challenging economic picture, and it is vital we take this opportunity to do all we can to make best use of this resource. The formation of the new RDP presents us with a real opportunity to make a difference, and to deliver for rural Wales, and I am keen to be innovative and creative in exploring all possibilities and options, to build on the valuable work that is being delivered under the current plan. These are exciting, changing times in rural Wales and I am determined to stand up for rural areas to make sure they are getting the best deal possible. I am continuing to make my voice heard in Wales, the UK and indeed in Europe to deliver the best possible outcomes from the opportunities that arise with the new RDP.”

Group members are as follows:

Peter Davies- Wales Commissioner for Sustainable Futures

Haydyn Edwards- Chair of the Food and Farming Sector Panel

Sue Evans- Director of Policy Wales, Country Land and Business Association

Sion Aron Jones- Industry Development Manager, Hybu Cig Cymru

Kay Lewis- Rural Development Officer, YFC

Kevin Thomas- National Director for Wales, Lantra

Tom Jones OBE- Farmer/Vice President of WCVA

Neville Davies- Head of European Policy and External Funding at Carmarthenshire  County Council

Carolyn Lancaster- APL Services

So if the Deputy Minister is asking us, as the people of rural Wales, for our views on delivering the Rural Development Plan, then we must find a way to him – unless you think that the Group members listed above can really represent your views. I’m sure like me you want Wales to get true value-for-money and not for Wales to waste a single penny of the £841m that has been allocated, as Wales has managed to do so successfully in the past.

I’m always interested to get your views and takes on any posts I have put up, so please feel free to leave your comments. Rest assured  that all comments posted will remain confidential, you have my promise on that. You don’t even have to leave your name  – you can use a pen name with pleasure -although I do have a lots of traders and producers, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that our industry keeps talking.


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  1. trader

    October 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I cannot see how Mr Davies is going to get the views of food producers let alone small and micro producers – it will be as always, those civli servants that are well paid to sit on committees and attend endless meetings, but have no idea what we want or what we need.
    It’s just as well that we don’t hope for anything to change for producers in Wales.

  2. outsider

    October 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Outsider is how I feel, me and many others like me, small producers have always been generally ignored by wag food.
    We don’t seem to matter unless the powers-that-be think we can go into supermarkets.
    Nothing improves for small producers here in Wales, but we can only hope that personnel changes in that department will help us instead of just the big players.

  3. cup cake

    October 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    This is typical of wag ticking another box, we’ve asked for opinions, sadly ignoring very small companies.
    wag have never bothered with one and two man bands we appear not to worthy
    that’s shortsighted as some of us could grow if we had some support and wag stopped the wastage that they specialise in – stupid projects that do nothing but waste money. It’s a crime that they have thrown away so much European cash and got little for it.