22nd Nov


TFA Media Release – MR19/44 – Welsh Government Must Halt New Pollution Regulations

The Tenant Farmers Association in Wales (TFA Cymru) has written to the Welsh Government to call for a halt to the implementation of new water pollution Regulations planned for introduction in January.

TFA Cymru Chairman, Dennis Matheson said “With just over one month before these new Regulations are to be implemented, I have again written to the Minister, Lesley Griffiths, to reiterate our concerns around the severe implications faced by the tenanted sector of agriculture.  I have asked for a pause to any implementation whilst further work is done to address the problems that will occur.”

“The Minister has publicly accepted that the vast majority of farmers in Wales are acting responsibly with respect to the management of slurry and manure, and that only in a minority of situations was poor practice leading to problems.   To my mind, this does not justify a pan Wales approach based on the restrictive terms of the European Union Nitrate Action Plan, which will hit every farm business in Wales whether or not they are acting responsibility,” said Mr Matheson.

TFA Cymru has also spelled out the major issues for the tenanted sector in terms of meeting the intended requirements to have five months slurry storage capacity for cattle and six months for pig and poultry manure.

“The recent introduction of the new model repairing clauses for agricultural tenancies in Wales is a step forward.  However, getting landlords to provide the necessary investment to upgrade or replace fixed equipment will be a major stumbling block.  Even where the responsibility falls on the tenant, obtaining landlords consent for tenant investment can also be a significant barrier.  To date I have seen nothing from Welsh Government that gives me any hope that these matters will be resolved in time for January,” said Mr Matheson.

In addition, there has been no commitment from Welsh Government to assist with the costs of providing additional storage capacity.

“The cost of new slurry storage should fall squarely within the policy of providing public payments in support of public goods.  There will be little or no productivity gain for the farming community from this additional infrastructure expenditure.  If this is to be a requirement, Welsh Government must come forward with the necessary means to allow farmers the ability to finance the installation of new slurry storage capacity,” said Mr Matheson.

“There is clearly much to do within a short period of time, which is why I would urge the Minister to pause implementation pending further reflection and discussion with stakeholders,” said Mr Matheson.


Ref:  MR 19/44  

Date: 22 November 2019

Notes for Editors:

TFA Cymru has a stand at the Welsh Winter Fair taking place on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 November at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.  Find us on stand GH 167 in the South Glamorgan Exhibition Hall where both Dennis Matheson and TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn will be available for interviews on the Monday.

TFA Cymru is also joining with Farming Connect to provide tenant farmers in Wales with two full days of advice, information and support.

On Tuesday 03 December our Chief Executive, George Dunn, will be holding one-to-one advice surgeries between 9:00am and 5:00pm at the YFC office, Agriculture House, Winch Lane, Haverfordwest.  This will be followed by an evening seminar, open to all, at the Pavilion Withybush, Pembrokeshire County Showground, Haverfordwest starting at 7:30pm.

This programme will be repeated the following day on Wednesday 04 December at The Beaufort, High St, Raglan, Usk.

For more information about these events contact Bradley Lewis on – 01970 600 174 or by email on

For media enquires contact Julia Meadows, TFA Communications and Events Co-ordinator, on 0118 930 6130 or 07887 777157.

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