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Welsh organic conversion scheme details confirmed

Date Published: 28/09/2011

Details have emerged of the Welsh Organic Farming Conversion Scheme – which will open for applications shortly.

OF&G has learned today that the application window will open on October 3 and will run until November 4 this year.

It has been confirmed that land which has begun, or will begin, its conversion to organic between January 2, 2011, and January 1, 2012, will be eligible for the support.

The five-year scheme, provided for under the Rural Development Programme for Wales 2007 to 2013 and is open to both new applicants and existing agreement holders looking to bring additional land into their organic system and who meet the eligibility criteria.

The scheme is jointly funded by the Welsh Government and the European Commission.

The timeline for the process has been outlined by Organic Centre Wales, and runs as follows:

– Applications to be received by November 4
– Decisions will be made and offer letters sent out by November 28
– Farmers must return their acceptance form by December 7
– Control Body certificates confirming the commencement of conversion between the allowed dates must be submitted by March 31, 2012

The Welsh Assembly Government has issued an information booklet regarding the scheme, which can be downloaded here.

While the booklet provides guidance it does not seek to be exhaustive, so any farmers needing further advice on certification should contact their control body.