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Farmers win fight over EU subsidy.

WELSH hill farmers have won a legal challenge over the way the Welsh Government hands out EU subsidies.

Under the Welsh Government's plans, farmers with land above 400m would have received payments worth a tenth of those with lower-lying land.

That plan has now been overruled, after a court challenge brought by Welsh farmers' group Fairness for the Uplands.

"We are grateful that the Welsh government has acknowledged that the introduction of a 400m line, which would have split the moorland of Wales in two, was not justifiable and that such agreement has been reached without the need for a court hearing," said Tony Davies, on behalf of Fairness for the Uplands (FFTU).

Under the original agreement drawn up by the Welsh government, land above the 400m line was worth PS16-a-hectare while below the line, land was worth PS160 in EU subsidies to farmers.

According to the FFTU, about 300 hill farmers out of 15,000 in Wales were affected by the ruling.

Deputy minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans said she was disappointed by the legal outcome but would "continue to work for a fair and equitable payment scheme that meets the needs of Welsh farming" "Farmers will be understandably concerned about the implications this latest news may have for them and I will ensure that they are kept fully informed about future developments. "We will be consulting on options for revised payment arrangements shortly."

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 14, 2014
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