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100% rates relief for community hydro projects

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:29:04 GMT2018-02-15T15:29:04Z

Community hydro-projects with a rateable value of up to £50,000 will receive a 100% rates relief under a new grant scheme announced today.



Sustainable drainage systems key to reducing flood risk – Hannah Blythyn

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:29:04 GMT2018-02-15T15:29:04Z

Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn has highlighted how Wales is moving towards more sustainable methods of dealing with rainwater which reduce the risk of flooding.



A recipe for skills success - £3m for ‘Food Skills Cymru’ training programme announced

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:04:39 GMT2018-02-08T13:04:39Z

A £3m funding package for ‘Food Skills Cymru’ will today be announced by Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths.



Exercise to test Foot and Mouth Disease contingency plans to take place

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:36:29 GMT2018-02-07T12:36:29Z

An exercise will get underway over the coming weeks to test contingency plans for an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, the Chief Veterinary Officer Christianne Glossop announced today.



Minister takes the high road for woodland fact finding mission

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:54:31 GMT2018-02-05T15:54:31Z

The Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn visited the Scottish borders today to learn more about Scotland’s success in new woodland creation.



Fly-grazing incidents down following landmark Act

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:01:49 GMT2018-02-01T00:01:49Z

Three years on from the introduction by the Welsh Government of a law to address “flygrazing”, a new report shows it has had a positive impact in reducing the number of horses reported and removed.



A grate result - Wales’ iconic Caerphilly cheese gains European protection

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:36:47 GMT2018-01-30T07:36:47Z

‘Traditional Welsh Caerphilly/Traditional Welsh Caerffili’ has joined the ranks of Champagne, Parma Ham and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies by being awarded protected food name status.



All Wales Prevention Zone declared to protect poultry from Avian Flu

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:02:00 GMT2018-01-24T00:02:00Z

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has taken action to mitigate the risk of infection by introducing an all Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone



Something to toast to: Welsh Food and Drinks sector edges nearer to meeting 2020 target early

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:36:47 GMT2018-01-23T07:36:47Z

The Welsh Food and drinks industry turnover has increased strongly to £6.9bn and is edging ever nearer to meeting ambitious targets for the sector.



Cabinet Secretary announces £6m initiative to help develop next generation of farmers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:02:00 GMT2018-01-23T00:02:00Z

Lesley Griffiths has signalled her desire for young people to play an active leadership role in setting the future direction of Welsh agriculture.



New fisheries protection vessels named

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:02:00 GMT2018-01-22T00:02:00Z

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths will today [Monday 22 January] announce the names of the new Welsh Government fisheries protection vessels.



Mumbles one step closer to improved flood defences thanks to £700k Welsh Government funding

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:20:01 GMT2018-01-19T16:20:01Z

Funding of nearly £700,000 in an important step towards protecting one of South Wales’ most popular seaside villages, Mumbles, from flooding.



EU boost for £9.4m project will use Caerau’s mine-water to warm local homes

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:49 GMT2018-01-19T00:01:49Z

A multi-million-pound initiative to use underground mine-water to warm homes has been awarded £6.5m EU funds, Lesley Griffiths announced.



Statement by Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs on Avian Influenza

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:49 GMT2018-01-19T00:01:49Z

Following the detection of Avian Influenza at two sites in England.



£5m EU funding boost for Bangor University

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:01:00 GMT2018-01-18T00:01:00Z

A world-leading scientific facility will be developed at Bangor University following a £5m EU funding boost the Energy and Rural Affairs Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, will announce today.



Opportunity opens for farmers to access grant to improve the performance of their holdings

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:02:00 GMT2018-01-17T00:02:00Z

Lesley Griffiths is urging farmers across Wales to take advantage of Welsh Government funding designed to improve the economic and environmental performance of agricultural holdings



Have your say on plans to tackle waste crime

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:51:38 GMT2018-01-15T15:51:38Z

A consultation on tackling waste crime and poor performers in Wales’ waste industry has been published today.



Poultry keepers reminded of the importance of biosecurity and to be vigilant for signs of Avian Flu

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:02:00 GMT2018-01-12T00:02:00Z

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has reminded poultry keepers across Wales of the importance of biosecurity and to be vigilant for Avian Flu following the discovery of the disease in Dorset



Share your story on locally owned renewable energy

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

Share your success stories on how renewable energy projects can be increasingly owned by Welsh people in future.



Effective planning critical for sustainable blue growth – Lesley Griffiths

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:58:55 GMT2018-01-09T08:58:55Z

Wales’ seas provide numerous exciting opportunities for ‘blue growth’, but effective planning is critical to ensure important natural resources are safeguarded.



Tackling food waste on the agenda during festive visit

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:14:30 GMT2017-12-22T14:14:30Z

Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn reiterated the Welsh Government’s determination to tackle food waste, during a festive visit to Iceland Food Limited’s head office in Deeside yesterday.



Pig keepers warned not to feed kitchen scraps to pigs due to African Swine Fever risk

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:29:15 GMT2017-12-18T12:29:15Z

Pig keepers are being reminded not to feed kitchen scraps to their animals to prevent outbreaks of animal disease.



Licensing scheme for Mobile Animal Exhibitions in Wales

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:14:30 GMT2017-12-14T14:14:30Z

A new licensing scheme for Mobile Animal Exhibitions (MAEs) in Wales is to be developed, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has confirmed.



A significant deal to safeguard Wales’ fish stocks – Lesley Griffiths

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:31:47 GMT2017-12-13T15:31:47Z

A deal for Wales’ fishing industry has been secured that will safeguard Welsh fish stocks, according to Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths.



Cabinet Secretary considers a Wales wide approach to tackle nitrate pollution

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:14:30 GMT2017-12-13T14:14:30Z

A whole Wales approach to tackling nitrate pollution from agriculture and improve water quality.



Animal welfare to be strengthened in Wales

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:31:47 GMT2017-12-12T15:31:47Z

Measures announced today (Tuesday 12 December) will strengthen animal welfare in Wales, according to Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths.



New targets for Wales to be officially TB Free

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:31:47 GMT2017-12-12T14:31:47Z

Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs has today announced TB eradication targets for Wales and interim targets for each TB region.



Environment Minister opens new section of Wales Coast Path

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:47:05 GMT2017-12-08T14:47:05Z

Walkers in North Wales will be able to enjoy even more of our great outdoors after the Minister for Environment opened a new section of the Wales Coast Path.



43% of Wales’ electricity through renewables in 2016

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:40:08 GMT2017-12-07T12:40:08Z

Wales is making good progress towards its ambitious targets for clean energy.



Avian Influenza - Winter 2017 / 2018

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:04:41 GMT2017-11-02T17:04:41Z

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop has reminded poultry keepers of the vital importance of effective biosecurity and to remain vigilant for signs of Avian Flu this winter.