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NSA submits response to Welsh SFS urging major overhaul of proposals

8th March 2024

The National Sheep Association (NSA) Cymru / Wales Region has submitted a detailed response to the Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS) consultation in Wales. In the response NSA outlines the urgent need for an overhaul to the current proposals and to recognise the value of Welsh food across the supply chain.

NSA Chief Executive, Phil Stocker, says: “NSA is especially concerned that Welsh Government continues to force a proposed implementation date of 2025 for the SFS when there is not a detailed scheme proposal available that is fit for purpose or indeed any payment rates or modelling that can indicate any kind of business stability or future for the sector.

“It is hugely disappointing that Welsh Government believes farming businesses can adapt to such a significant change during the next nine months and again this demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the farming industry. There is still no facility for commons, tenants, share farming, contract farming, graziers, cross border farms or new entrants within the scheme proposals.”

Welsh Government is looking at phasing in the SFS and phasing out BPS from January 2025.

NSA Cymru/Wales Development Officer, Helen Roberts, says: “It is incredibly worrying that the current modelling shows a significant contraction of the Welsh Agricultural industry, resulting in a major drop in breeding sheep, and significant reductions across sectors. The economic impact will be far reaching and significant across the wider supply chain and have severe impacts on rural and urban communities across the nation. There are severe impacts to the entire British supply chain not only for lamb but all food produce. Welsh Government has in the past encouraged and attracted investment into the largest employing sector in Wales (the food supply chain). There are now significant concerns that this contraction in the agriculture sector will not only limit investment in Wales but also innovation whilst encouraging businesses to look elsewhere for opportunities.

“NSA continues to advocate for Welsh primary produce, renowned for its high environmental, welfare and health standards, a huge number of which are entrenched in law, to be at the heart of any future food, trade, health and environmental and farming policy.”

To access the full NSA response please email