Match-making service links new entrants with farmers looking to wind down

Posted by LindaStenner on December 21, 2015

Match-making service links new entrants with farmers looking to wind down

December 21, 2015 at 4:59 PM

The pioneering scheme called ‘Venture’, or ‘Mentro’ (in Welsh) was launched at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair by the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans and will be available through Farming Connect, the Welsh Government’s  rural support arm. 

This bespoke service will identify and match established landowners seeking to enter into a contract or share farming arrangement with new entrants seeking a route into the industry.  

She said: “I am particularly pleased to announce this new service. It is based on one of the key recommendations in Malcolm Thomas’ ‘Next Generation into Farming’ report which I commissioned last year, and which identified the need to set up a new Joint Opportunities Platform to support new business opportunities.  

“Delivered by Menter a Busnes on behalf of Farming Connect  it will match parties wishing to enter into a joint venture arrangement and will consider compatibility on a range of important factors. 

“Tailored support will be provided to both parties through a range of knowledge transfer activities. This addresses the issue of matching those who wish to reduce their involvement in the day to day regime of farming, and those at the other end of the scale, who are taking their first steps within the industry.” 

Eifion Bibby, land agent at the Colwyn Bay office of Davis Meade Property Consultants, said joint venture arrangements  are being promoted as a facility  to enter farming and  although not a panacea, may be regarded as suitable alterative land use “structures” in certain circumstances particularly with the ongoing reduced opportunities available  via   county farm smallholding estates across the Country. 

All parties interested in ‘Venture’ will need to register with Farming Connect. Their local Farming Connect Development Officer will then facilitate their ‘journey’ through the new ‘Venture’ platform with  knowledge transfer, customised support, mentoring and legal guidance. 

“As with all such land use arrangements we would urge those involved to seek professional advice and read the agreement documents carefully before signing to ensure the proposals meet the needs of both parties,” Eifion added. 

For more information visit www.gov.wales/farmingconnect or contact Eifion Bibby at Davis Meade Property Consultants  on 01492 510360 or email eifionbibby@dmpropertyconsultants.com

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