18 April 2002

Q13 Alison Halford:

What long term financial assistance is being provided to support farms in Wales that decide to convert to organic production? (OAQ16924)

Carwyn Jones:

I am conscious of the arguments in favour of an ongoing subsidy for organic farming, particularly in recognition of the environmental benefits it provides. However, the case for such a subsidy has yet to be conclusively demonstrated. I have therefore asked the agri-environment sub-group of the common agricultural policy reform steering group to consider the issues and to report back with recommendations.

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