WELSH Labour Government has announced its decision to reverse its stance on the definition of moorland, which had implications for farming payments in the Common Agricultural Policy. Russell George AM, shadow minister for agriculture, has commented saying:

“I’m pleased to see the Welsh Labour Government make this sensible U-turn on the definition of moorland, which I’m sure will be welcomed by a significant number of farmers who would be badly affected by the original classification.

“Changes to how moorland is defined could help farmers avoid expensive legal bills but also demonstrates that the new Deputy Minister has listened to farmers, unions and other political parties.

“While I remain concerned that there is no voice for agriculture around Carwyn Jones’ cabinet table, I welcome the Deputy Minister’s constructive engagement with the sector on moorland and hope she will continue to listen and act on other concerns of the farming community.”