University to take on 3,500-acre research farm

WELSH Government deputy agricultural minister Alun Davies has announced that Pwllpeiran Farm is to be transferred to Aberystwyth University’s Institute for Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

Ministers had originally planned to sell the farm, located near Aberystwyth, in separate lots after research firm ADAS said in March it could not afford to renew its lease. Pwllpeiran Farm has been a research centre since the 1930s, working to “improve the viability of farming the uplands of Wales”.

Speaking at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd, Davies described the proposals as “viable” and an “exciting development”.

“I’m sure will be welcomed by the local community, farmers and researchers alike. The retention of the farm as a research facility is the outcome most beneficial to the farming sector and will help realise our ambitions for sustainable agriculture in Wales.”

Commenting on the announcement, local Assembly Member Elin Jones said:

“When ADAS announced a few months ago that it intended to terminate its lease and bring its research work at Pwllpeiran to an end, I made clear my preference was for the farm and associated land to remain under local ownership and, if possible, continue under public ownership.

“I was very pleased when Aberystwyth University’s IBERS expressed an interest in taking over the management of the facility so that upland research could continue at Pwllpeiran. We have been very fortunate to have a research centre of this nature in Ceredigion since the 1930s, and I very much welcome this confirmation that this important research can continue into the future”.