Glastir, the Welsh Assembly Government's new flagship sustainable land management scheme, is off to a poor start with less than 3,000 farmers having sent in application forms. When the deadline closed on Monday evening only 2,904 farmers had responded out of the 15,000 packs sent out.
Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, has announced that she was setting up an independent review panel to see what can be done to salvage what was claimed to be a groundbreaking alternative to the five existing support payment schemes. "My officials will be analysing the applications in terms of location, participation in existing agri-environment schemes and Tir Mynydd hill payments, sector backgrounds, options selected and hectares covered" she said. Ms Jones went on to say that she intended to make it work publicly available.
"It is important that we aim to continually improve the implementation of Glastir based on experience."