The Rural Economy Strategy (RES) is a five-year blueprint designed to grow the rural economy in line with the objectives of the States’ Strategic Plan, while at the same time safeguarding Jersey’s countryside.
Its authors, the Economic Development and Environment departments, had hoped to see it introduced in January 2017.
However, at a recent meeting with the departments, the Jersey Farmers Union put the delivery of the strategy in doubt by refusing to endorse it. And the ministers of the two departments are now being forced to consider a possible rethink on the proposed funding changes.
Union president Graham Le Lay said: ‘We told Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham that we could not accept the RES because we were not being given enough time and it did not give enough detail of the new subsidy scheme.’
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