Speaking at the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Welsh Committee, Deputy Minister, Alun Davies discussed top priorities of the Welsh Government.
At the meeting in Welshpool, Alun Davies spoke with members about the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform and the formulation of a new Rural Development Plan for 2014-2020.
The Deputy Minister said:
"The CAP is vitally important to the future of Welsh farming, investing over £350m every year in Welsh agriculture that keeps thousands of people in work. My determination is to ensure that Welsh farming enjoys the best deal possible, and that the sector goes from strength to strength.
"I remain ever more positive that the Welsh voice is being heard loud and clear throughout the EU. I have been negotiating long and hard for farmers in Glastir to be exempt from the greening proposals under pillar 1 and it is now crystal clear that this is paying off.
"The latest proposals by the Commission could mean that farmers participating in the All Wales Element of Glastir would automatically qualify for the 30% greening aspect of their direct payment. Negotiating CAP reform will be a long but vital process- there is a long way to go and I will stay closely engaged at every level and at every opportunity."
Speaking about the new RDP, the Deputy Minister said:
"I have recently set up a Rural Development Plan Group to look at the new programme for 2014-20. The main focus of the group is to deliver a plan that meets the needs of businesses and communities across rural Wales.
"I want to explore all possibilities, and to build on the valuable work being delivered under the current plan. All this with a view to doing the best possible job in creating wealth and jobs, generating rural sustainability and strengthening communities and farming."