Welsh LFA to lose part of subsidy.

The Welsh Government's decision to abolish the Less Favoured Area payment top-up within its new environment management scheme will result in farmers in these areas losing 20% of their subsidy, according to a report in the Farmers Weekly.

The decision, which will affect nearly 80% of agricultural land in Wales, means that for the first time in more than 60 years, Wales has no scheme specific to areas with more challenging farming conditions.

Although Glastir payments have been increased by £6/hectare to £34 following a recent review, farmers in LFAs, whose payment would have been £33.60, will effectively only see an increase of 40p, said Farmers' Union of Wales' president, Emyr Jones.

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