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The Organic Farming Scheme (Wales) Regulations 2001

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2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • AAPS” (“CTATA”) means the Arable Area Payment Scheme;

  • “the 1994 Regulations” (“Rheoliadau 1994”) means the Organic Farming (Aid) Regulations 1994(1);

  • “the 1999 Regulations” (“Rheoliadau 1999”) means the Organic Farming (Wales) Regulations 1999(2);

    • “agriculture” (“amaethyddiaeth”) includes horticulture, fruit growing, seed growing, dairy farming, livestock breeding and keeping and the use of land for grazing, meadow land, market gardens or nursery grounds, but does not include the use of land—

      (i)

      as osier land; or

      (ii)

      for woodlands, except where that use is ancillary to any other use of land for the purposes of agriculture;

  • “agri-environment scheme” (“cynllun amaeth-amgylcheddol”) means an arrangement which is—

    (a)

    regulated by statutory instrument providing for the payment of aid to persons who give an undertaking or enter into an agreement in relation to the use or management of land; and

    (b)

    approved by the Commission of the European Communities under Article 44 of Council Regulation 1257/1999 as part of a rural development plan drawn up pursuant to Article 41 of that Regulation;

  • “aid” (“cymorth”) means the payments under the Community aid scheme referred to in Article 2 of Council Regulation 1257/1999 in so far as it relates to farmers who undertake to introduce organic farming methods;

  • “application” (“cais”) means an application for aid made in accordance with regulation 9 in respect of one or more organic parcels, and “applicant” (“ceisydd”) and “apply” (“gwneud cais”) shall be construed accordingly;

  • “approved” (“a gymeradwywyd”) means approved by an inspection authority;

  • “authorised person” (“person awdurdodedig”) means a person (whether or not an officer of the National Assembly) who is authorised by the National Assembly, either generally or specifically, to act in relation to matters arising under these Regulations;

  • “beneficiary” (“buddiolwr”) means—

    (a)

    a person whose application in respect of land comprising one or more organic parcels, has been accepted by the National Assembly; or

    (b)

    a person who occupies the whole or any part of an organic unit following a change of occupation of the holding, who has given an undertaking to comply with all the obligations assumed by its previous occupier under these Regulations, in so far as they relate to land comprised in that organic unit, or the part of that organic unit occupied by the new occupant, and whose undertaking in such terms has been accepted by the National Assembly;

  • “certificate of registration” (“tystysgrif gofrestru”) means a certificate issued by an inspection authority in respect of an organic parcel, specifying the conversion period which applies in relation to that organic parcel, or the date on which that conversion period begins; and for this purpose a certificate so issued is issued “in respect of” an organic parcel if it relates to that organic parcel, whether or not it also relates to any other organic parcel;

  • “the Commission Regulation” (“Rheoliad y Comisiwn”) means Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1750/1999(3) laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1257/1999;

  • “conversion” (“trosi”), in relation to an organic parcel, means the conversion of that organic parcel to being fully organic;

  • “conversion period” (“cyfnod trosi”), in relation to an organic parcel, means the period determined by the inspection authority as the period in which the conversion of that organic parcel is expected to be completed, being a period starting—

    (a)

    in relation to the first organic parcel, not later than the date of acceptance; and

    (b)

    in relation to any other organic parcel, not later than the fifth anniversary of the date of acceptance;

  • Council Regulation 2092/91” (“Rheoliad y Cyngor 2092/91”) means Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2092/91(4) on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs;

  • “Council Regulation 1257/1999” (“Rheoliad y Cyngor 1257/1999”) means Council Regulation (EC) No. 1257/1999 on support for rural development;

  • “date of acceptance” (“dyddiad derbyn”) means the date on which the National Assembly accepts an application in accordance with regulation 3;

  • “date of receipt” (“dyddiad dod i law”), in relation to an organic parcel, means the date on which the National Assembly received an application in accordance with regulation 9 in respect of that organic parcel;

  • “financial year” (“blwyddyn ariannol”) means the twelve months ending with 31st March;

  • “first organic parcel” (“parsel organig cyntaf”) means, of all the organic parcels comprised in an application, the organic parcel the conversion period for which begins first;

  • “first year” (“blwyddyn gyntaf”) means—

    (a)

    in relation to an organic parcel—

    (i)

    in a case where the conversion period in respect of the organic parcel has commenced no later than the date of acceptance, the year beginning with the date of acceptance; and

    (ii)

    in any other case, the year beginning with the anniversary of the date of acceptance which is the first such anniversary to occur during the conversion period relating to the organic parcel in question; and

    (b)

    in relation to an organic unit, the first year in relation to the first organic parcel to which an application relates, being the first such application relating to land comprised in that organic unit;

    and any reference to any successive year is a reference to the relevant successive year following in sequence from the first year;

  • “fully organic” (“hollol organig”) in relation to an organic parcel or organic unit means that—

    (a)

    the inspection authority is satisfied that the conversion of that organic parcel or organic unit is completed; and

    (b)

    notification having been given under Article 8 of Council Regulation 2092/91, details of such organic parcel or organic unit have appeared in the list referred to in that Article;

  • “holding” (“daliad”) means all the production units situated within the same member State’s territory managed by a producer;

  • “inspection authority” (“awdurdod archwilio”), in relation to an organic unit or organic parcel, means—

    (a)

    the authority designated by the Organic Products Regulations 1992(5) for the purposes of Article 9 of Council Regulation 2092/91, or

    (b)

    a private inspection body approved by that authority in accordance with Article 9 of that Regulation (which concerns the inspection system to which organic farming is subject),

    being the authority or private inspection body to whom the applicant has applied to carry out inspection functions in relation to that organic unit or organic parcel;

  • “land” (“tir”) means land which is used for agriculture;

  • “landlord” (“landlord”), in relation to the tenant of a holding, means any person who either solely or jointly owns, or has a superior tenancy of, that holding, and “immediate landlord” (“landlord uniongyrchol”) means the landlord from whose title (or, as the case may be, joint title) the tenant directly derives his or her title;

  • “last organic parcel” (“parsel organig olaf”) means, of all the organic parcels which are the subject of an application, the organic parcel the conversion period for which begins last;

  • “livestock” (“da byw”) means any animal or fowl kept for the production of food, wool or skins or for the breeding of any animal for any such purpose;

  • “livestock undergoing conversion” (“da byw sy'n cael eu trosi”) means livestock that is identified in an approved plan as being in the process of being converted into organic livestock, and which fully conform to those UKROFS standards which apply in relation to the organic farming of livestock undergoing conversion;

  • “the National Assembly” (“y Cynulliad Cenedlaethol”) means the National Assembly for Wales;

  • “organic farming” (“ffermio organig”) means farming by organic farming methods;

  • “organic farming methods” (“dulliau ffermio organig”) means farming in accordance with Annex 1 to Council Regulation 2092/91;

  • “organic livestock” (“da byw organig”) means livestock that are identified in an approved plan as being livestock that fully conform to those UKROFS standards which apply in relation to the organic farming of livestock;

  • “organic parcel” (“parsel organig”) means an area of land which comprises the whole or part of an organic unit and which is identified in an approved plan by reference to any system of field numbering that the National Assembly may direct;

  • “organic unit” (“uned organig”) means an area of land which comprises the whole or part of a holding, and which has been established as an organic unit in accordance with Annex III to Council Regulation 2092/91 (which concerns the inspection scheme for organic units);

  • “owner” (“perchennog”) means the person who owns the fee simple of the holding, and “owns” shall be construed accordingly;

  • “plan” (“cynllun”) means a schedule in writing specifying, in relation to an organic unit—

    (a)

    those parcels which have been registered by the inspection authority;

    (b)

    those parcels which it is intended to register in the future;

    (c)

    the dates on which such organic parcels have been or (as the case may be) are to be registered; and

    (d)

    where the plan relates to land on which livestock is kept, the livestock that is undergoing conversion or that is already organic livestock;

  • “specified period” (“cyfnod penodedig”), in relation to an application, means the period beginning with the date of acceptance and ending on the expiry of the period of five years from the date on which the first payment becomes payable in respect of the last organic parcel which is the subject of that application;

  • “tenant” (“tenant”) means a person whose right to occupation of a holding derives from—

    (a)

    an agreement which has effect by virtue of section 2 of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986(6) as an agreement for the letting of land on a tenancy from year to year;

    (b)

    a tenancy agreement falling within section 1 of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995(7); or

    (c)

    a contract for a tenancy for a fixed term of years; and

  • “UKROFS standards” (“safonau UKROFS”) means the production standards for organic farming of the United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards published in January 1999 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and known as the UKROFS Standards for Organic Food Production.

(2) Any reference in these Regulations to—

(a)a numbered regulation or Schedule shall be construed as a reference to the regulation or Schedule so numbered in these Regulations; and

(b)a numbered or lettered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph so numbered or lettered in the regulation in which the reference occurs.

(3) Words and phrases used in the Regulations and not defined in paragraph (1) shall be construed in accordance with Schedule 1.

(1)

S.I. 1994/1721; amended by S.I. 1996/3109 and S.I. 1998/1606.

(2)

S.I. 1999/2611; amended by S.I. 1999/3337 (W. 45).

(3)

OJ No. L214, 13.8.1999, p.31.

(4)

OJ No. L198, 22.7.1991, p.1.

(5)

S.I. 1992/2111; amended by S.I. 1994/2286.

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