Aberystwyth University to run Pwllpeiran research farm

Pwllpeiran farm Pwllpeiran has been a research base for more than 80 years

Related Stories

A 3,500-acre Ceredigion research farm is to carry on operating in public ownership, says the Welsh government.

Ministers originally planned to sell Pwllpeiran Farm, near Aberystwyth, after research firm ADAS said in March it could not afford to renew its lease.

But the facility will now be run by Aberystwyth University's Institute for Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

The deputy agricultural minister said it would benefit the farming sector.

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, deputy agriculture minister Alun Davies said IBERS had made "viable proposals" last month to take over the running of the farm.

Mr Davies said: "It is an exciting development which 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."

Plans to sell the farm in lots, announced in January, had been criticised by farming leaders and Ceredigion AM Elin Jones.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Mid Wales

Weather

Aberystwyth

15 °C 7 °C

Features

  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • Two women in  JohanesburgYour pictures

    Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.