NINE of the 21 local councils in Wales sold off part of their smallholding
estate in the year to March 2014.
Their achievements are testament to the fact that these smallholdings
offer a wealth of farming opportunities and are the ideal places to start out in the farming sector.
The Tenant Farmers Association is calling on the Government to protect county council smallholdings
as essential entry points to the agricultural industry and to consider a CAP-funded voluntary retirement scheme for farmers without the economic wherewithal to leave the industry.
To date, three farmhouses have been sold and the land annexed to adjacent smallholdings
has long hedges full of birds and insects.
Simon McEwan, editor of Country Smallholding
magazine, said: "Many suppliers say business has been very brisk over the past year.
, which include a charitable trust near Lichfield, were acquired in a piecemeal fashion by the council over many years and amount to 2,550 acres with 45 lettings.
The aim of the guidelines is to improve their situation through the implementation of internationally agreed standards on smallholdings
Occupants of 14 properties at Nine Acres in Hart Village have the chance to buy small areas of the smallholdings
land, which is about 90sq metres in size, for about pounds 4,500 each.
Verena Stolcke and Mauricio Font each examine family smallholdings
in Sao Paulo.
We have a lot of farms and smallholdings
in Sefton which are going through a bad patch at the moment following the foot and mouth epidemic and Sefton council thought an initiative like this would help the local farmers.
Over 80% of the planted area for rubber is farmed as smallholdings
in the top six producing countries.
The foremost of these is that productivity, measured in terms of output per unit of land, is higher in estates than in smallholdings
Almost 80 per cent of Finland's land surface is covered with forests and two-thirds of them are owned by ordinary Finnish families These smallholdings
are generally no more than 30 hectares, yet they produce the bulk of the country's annual growth.
This is due to a mixture of interrelated reasons including the reduction in County Council Smallholdings
, the taxation framework within which private land owners make decisions, the availability of retirement options for existing tenant farmers and fierce competition for land.