CLA Denies Tenants Are Being Barred by Landlords; CONSERVATION: Farmers Urged to Enter Agri-Environment Schemes in Partnership with Landowners
THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has rejected claims by the Tenant Farmers' Association that tenants are unable to take advantage of conservation initiatives, and has called for more tenant farmers to enter agri-environment schemes in partnership with their landlords.
The CLA has denied that tenants aren't able to take advantage of conservation initiatives, such as Tir Gofal, which pay an income to farmers in return for the maintenance of traditional landscapes and wildlife habitats.
Instead the CLA is urging tenants to seek their landlords' consent before entering such schemes.
The association has also warned that it would oppose any reform of tenancy law which gave tenants an absolute right to make radical changes to the use of let land.
"When both landowner and tenant are in agreement, there is no barrier to tenants entering agrienvironment schemes under the old-style tenancy legislation, " said South and West Wales CLA regional director Jonathan Andrews.
"A wide-ranging survey among our members proved that an overwhelming majority of landowners are willing to allow their tenant farmers to diversify, and that a high proportion of tenanted holdings are already benefiting from taking part in agri-environment schemes.
"However, the findings also revealed that only a small number of tenant farmers actually asked for consent to diversify or take up conservation schemes. …