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Agriculture Insurance feasibility study

Welsh Government | Published July 15, 2016
Winner
Agra Ceas Consulting
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Agriculture Insurance feasibility study

Redistribution in Agriculture – Insights Paper/Research

WRAP | Published January 9, 2017
cpvs
03000000, 15000000, 73000000, 77000000, 90000000

Redistribution in Agriculture – Insights Paper/Research

Agriculture Insurance feasibility study

Welsh Government | Published February 2, 2016  -  Deadline February 26, 2016
cpvs
73000000, 73110000, 73200000, 73210000

Welsh Government is looking for an organisation to undertake a feasibility study to assess the commercial viability of insurance to redeem agricultural production following an extreme and/or catastrophic event.

Study to assess the commercial viability of agricultural insurance following catastrophic events

Welsh Government | Published February 23, 2015
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Please note, this is a speculative notice in order to test the market's appetite for such a requirement. The nature of agriculture in Wales is such that businesses are vulnerable to significant adverse impacts arising from natural disasters, severe climatic events, such as flooding and heavy rains of 2012 and the late snows and freezing temperatures of spring 2013. The ‘Independent Review into the Resilience of Farming in Wales’ (the ‘Kevin Roberts report’) was commissioned in direct response to the weather event in 2013 and identified a range of actions that are considered most likely to help the industry prevent and/or mitigate the impact of such events. In line with the recommendations of that report one area which was agreed should be pursued was the use of mutual funds. There is an opportunity under the new Rural Development Programme to mobilise certain measures to provide support to farmers. To enable this to be progressed there are a number of outstanding issues that require clarification. Currently, there are no insurance providers that have the required “offer” in their portfolios because it is deemed as extremely difficult to assess the level of risk. Therefore we are looking for an organisation to undertake a feasibility study to assess the commercial viability of insurance to redeem agricultural production following an extreme and/or catastrophic event.

Knowledge Transfer, Innovation & Advisory Services

Welsh Government | Published October 20, 2014
cpvs
80500000, 80510000, 80000000, 80530000

Agriculture, Veterinary, Food and Marine Directorate is part of the Natural Resources Department within Welsh Government. The Directorate is working to provide a high quality of life for people who live and work in the rural communities of Wales. It is responsible for delivering sustainable farming, food and fisheries industries. It is also responsible for helping all departments across the Welsh Government to take account of the needs of rural areas in their work.This notice seeks to alert the market place to the forthcoming procurement to undertake knowledge transfer, innovation, advisory, quality assurance, training and accreditation activities under the Wales Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP) .The RDP is a seven year programme of activity. It is sponsored by the European Union via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) established under the second Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The RDP will address the key policy objectives set at EU level via the Europe 2020 strategy and the principal Welsh Government strategies. The procurement will be for a duration which covers activity during the 2014-2020 programme period, in line with European Procurement regulations.Within the framework of the CAP, the primary objective of the RDP for 2014 – 2020 is to support the rural economy, and in particular agriculture, through a period of significant change and to develop it to become more resilient and competitive, better placed to thrive in an increasingly market-orientated environment. The Welsh Government is currently finalising its proposals for knowledge transfer (KT), advice and innovation for the RDP 2014-2020 following the final consultation which concluded in April 2014.In order to meet the vision set out in the RDP consultation it is proposed that Welsh Government set out a strategic approach delivering Knowledge Transfer, Innovation and Advisory Services under the RDP. The attached chart illustrates the proposed approach.The central component referred to as ‘Strategic KT’ will form the basis for this procurement and has been developed by Welsh Government following independent advice, evaluation and stakeholder engagement. A tiered framework of various interventions is proposed which will form the basis of the tender specification. This will be complemented by other ‘Industry KT projects’ that are led and developed by the industry concerned and considered during the programme period by Welsh Government. In order to promote participation in the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP) there will also be a service to assist in the establishment of Operational Groups. It will be important for both the Industry developed and EIP established groups to integrate effectively to ensure one comprehensive programme under the RDP.The Welsh Government wishes to support the development of a more professional, profitable, diverse and resilient land based sector, supporting the adjustment away from reliance on CAP payments. It will be launching a new rolling programme of knowledge transfer, advice and innovation support which will commence in 2015. In particular the programme will increase the emphasis on business focused behaviour and therefore improve the profitability, competitiveness and environmental performance of farm, forestry and food businesses.The programme will supply focussed support and advice, delivered through a Wales wide programme of knowledge transfer activities, specialist advice and support for innovation. Activities will be targeted at those businesses and persons engaged in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors to promote the economic growth and development of rural areas and to improve the sustainability, competitiveness, resource efficiency and environmental performance of these businesses.The Agriculture, Veterinary, Food and Marine Directorate wishes to inform the market in advance that a procurement exercise in rela

Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural services

Natural Resources Wales | Published December 3, 2016
cpvs
77000000, 03000000, 50530000, 43325100, 16340000, 16300000

Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural services

Agricultural, farming, fishing, forestry and related products

Welsh Government | Published November 30, 2016
Winner
The Farming Community Network
cpvs
03000000, 98330000, 98390000

It is proposed that a provision is put in place to deliver a service that includes the required social, welfare and family aspects of the Cymorth TB programme through mentoring, enabling and advocacy. This strand will be titled Cymorth TB Wellbeing and Support.

Cymorth TB seeks to enable farmers and herd keepers who have suffered a TB breakdown and may be under cattle movement restrictions to survive as a business and to make the right decisions for themselves and their families, within the constraints of the Welsh Government TB Eradication Programme.

The programme is split into 3 work-streams: 1. The Veterinary Programme. 2. The Support Programme. 3. The Partnership Programme.

As part of work-stream 2, the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer has developed a programme that will provide support, advice and signposting for individual farmers, their families and to some extent their businesses (though a separate strand considering business support is being developed). It is proposed that provision is put in place to deliver a service that includes the required social, welfare and family aspects of the programme through mentoring, enabling and advocacy. This strand will be titled Cymorth TB Wellbeing and Support.

Cymorth TB.

Agricultural, farming, fishing, forestry and related products

Welsh Government | Published July 23, 2016  -  Deadline August 31, 2016
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The Welsh Government has developed the Cymorth TB programme over a number of years. Cymorth TB seeks to enable farmers and herd keepers who have suffered a TB breakdown and may be under cattle movement restrictions to survive as a business and to make the right decisions for themselves and their families, within the constraints of the Welsh Government TB Eradication Programme.

Data Capture June Agricultural Survey 2015-2017

Welsh Government | Published September 7, 2015
Winner
Mediascene Ltd
cpvs

The aim of this tender exercise is to recruit a company which can securely collect hard copy forms from WG and capture data from these forms using a manual keying process. To supply the raw keyed data back to KAS,WG through a provided secure FTP portal and to securely return all hard copy forms to KAS (undamaged and complete) for further scrutiny and storage.

Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural services

Natural Resources Wales | Published April 24, 2015  -  Deadline May 8, 2015
cpvs
77000000, 03000000, 50530000, 43325100, 16340000, 16300000

Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural services

Data Capture June Agricultural Survey 2015-2017

Welsh Government | Published May 1, 2015  -  Deadline May 21, 2015
cpvs
72300000, 72310000, 72312000, 72312100, 72313000, 72314000, 72316000

The aim of this tender exercise is to recruit a company which can securely collect hard copy forms from WG and capture data from these forms using a manual keying process. To supply the raw keyed data back to KAS,WG through a provided secure FTP portal and to securely return all hard copy forms to KAS (undamaged and complete) for further scrutiny and storage.

Supply Chain Efficiency Evaluation

Welsh Government | Published December 3, 2014
Winner
C M International Uk Ltd
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The Welsh Ministers on behalf of the Welsh Government (herein after referred to as “the Client”) wishes to invite interested consultants to bid to undertake an evaluation of the RDP, Supply Chain Efficiency Scheme. The SCE Scheme is reaching the end of its programming period and it is necessary to undertake a full evaluation of the scheme. The findings and recommendations of this evaluation will be used to form part of the evidence base to inform the development of a similar scheme in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The RDP is part of a joint Welsh Government and European Union (EU) strategy. It covers four objective areas: agriculture and forestry; environment and countryside; quality of life in rural areas; and, locally based approaches to rural development. These four areas known as axes are delivered through a number of programmes of schedules. The SCE scheme is funded through Axis 1 of the RDP. This Axis has as its aim ‘Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sector’. Within this Axis the European Commission (EC) set a number of Measures that interventions may be tailored to. The SCE scheme is related to Measure 124, ‘Cooperation for development of new products, processes and technologies in the agriculture and food sector and in the forestry sector’ (Article 20(b) (iv) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005). Detailed Measure Fiche information is located in the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Rural Development 2007-2013 (CMEF). The Client requires the Contractor to undertake an evaluation, assessing the implementation, on-going delivery, added value and strategic fit of the SCE Scheme in Wales. The evaluation will also establish if the current delivery of the scheme is the most efficient way to improve the supply chains of businesses in rural Wales. If not, the evaluation should identify areas for improvement and also examples of best practice. A series of recommendations based upon the research findings will be made to inform the development of any similar scheme that may wish to be implemented by the Client in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portal https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk. Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance the BravoSolution helpdesk is available on: Email: help@bravosolution.co.uk Phone: 0800 368 4850 / Fax: 020 7060 0480 NOTE: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. Please note this is a separate website and if you are not already registered, registration will be required. To access eTenderwales, express your interest in this notice and access the tender documentation please visit https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml and search for PQQ/ITT code ITT 44153 within the appropriate area.

Supply Chain Efficiency Evaluation

Welsh Government | Published October 8, 2014  -  Deadline November 3, 2014
cpvs
73110000, 73210000, 79311400, 79315000, 79419000

The Welsh Ministers on behalf of the Welsh Government (herein after referred to as “the Client”) wishes to invite interested consultants to bid to undertake an evaluation of the RDP, Supply Chain Efficiency Scheme. The SCE Scheme is reaching the end of its programming period and it is necessary to undertake a full evaluation of the scheme. The findings and recommendations of this evaluation will be used to form part of the evidence base to inform the development of a similar scheme in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The RDP is part of a joint Welsh Government and European Union (EU) strategy. It covers four objective areas: agriculture and forestry; environment and countryside; quality of life in rural areas; and, locally based approaches to rural development. These four areas known as axes are delivered through a number of programmes of schedules. The SCE scheme is funded through Axis 1 of the RDP. This Axis has as its aim ‘Improving the competitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sector’. Within this Axis the European Commission (EC) set a number of Measures that interventions may be tailored to. The SCE scheme is related to Measure 124, ‘Cooperation for development of new products, processes and technologies in the agriculture and food sector and in the forestry sector’ (Article 20(b) (iv) of Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005). Detailed Measure Fiche information is located in the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Rural Development 2007-2013 (CMEF). The Client requires the Contractor to undertake an evaluation, assessing the implementation, on-going delivery, added value and strategic fit of the SCE Scheme in Wales. The evaluation will also establish if the current delivery of the scheme is the most efficient way to improve the supply chains of businesses in rural Wales. If not, the evaluation should identify areas for improvement and also examples of best practice. A series of recommendations based upon the research findings will be made to inform the development of any similar scheme that may wish to be implemented by the Client in the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The Welsh Assembly Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, will be conducting this procurement exercise through the etenderwales portal https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk. Tender documents and other information must be downloaded from and returned through this portal. If you require any further assistance the BravoSolution helpdesk is available on: Email: help@bravosolution.co.uk Phone: 0800 368 4850 / Fax: 020 7060 0480 NOTE: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. Please note this is a separate website and if you are not already registered, registration will be required. To access eTenderwales, express your interest in this notice and access the tender documentation please visit https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml and search for PQQ/ITT code ITT 44153 within the appropriate area.

Farm Business Survey 2016+

Welsh Government | Published October 23, 2015
Winner
Ibers
cpvs
73000000, 73100000, 73110000, 73200000, 79311400, 79315000, 79311200, 79311300, 79311000, 72221000

The Farm Business Survey (FBS) is an annual survey of farm businesses in Wales conducted with the primary purpose of collecting detailed physical and financial data about the economic position of farm businesses throughout Wales. The survey is the primary source of information on the economics of farm businesses and is one of the most complex surveys undertaken anywhere in Government. Similar surveys of farm businesses are also conducted in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and other European Union (EU) Member States. The FBS was first conducted in the 1930s as the Farm Management Survey. The survey was intended to assist in policy formulation, to help improve efficiency on individual farms, and to be a resource for research. Although agricultural policy objectives have evolved since then, the Welsh Government retains the need to monitor and analyse the economic performance of the agricultural industry and to assess the impact of existing and future policies on different farm types, particularly in relation to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Farm Business Survey is also required for a number of statistical purposes. The FBS is used to produce Welsh Government official statistics on farm businesses in Wales, including on Farm Incomes and Farm Diversification, and makes a significant contribution to the published Forecasts of Farm Incomes and to the production of published statistics on Aggregate Agricultural Output and Income. Figures based on the FBS in Wales are also included in the Agriculture in the United Kingdom publication. Published FBS data are frequently used by stakeholders including farmers, farming unions, agricultural consultants, banks and universities. FBS data in the form of calculated averages are widely used in the provision of business advice to the farming industry, with such information also included in an on-line benchmarking resource enabling comparisons of farm business performance with other farm business groups across a range of financial measures. More detailed anonymised information from the FBS is also available in the long-run datasets which can be accessed by bona fide researchers via the UK Data Service. A critical function of the FBS is to enable the Welsh Government (as the relevant liaison agency) to meet its obligations (originally under Council Regulation 79/65/EEC, subsequently expanded under the basic Act of Council Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009) to provide specified data on a stratified sample of farm businesses to the European Commission’s (ECs) Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) each year. The collected FBS data is used to populate the FADN Farm Return which is specified under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 385/2012. The primary objective of this research is the annual implementation of the Farm Business Survey in Wales. The FBS involves the collection of detailed physical and financial data from a specified, stratified sample (of main farm types and size groups) of ‘commercially viable’ farm businesses in Wales. The data is collected from recruited farmer co-operators through on-site farm visits and the examination, and audit, of each business’s books, records and other relevant paperwork, enabling the production of a comprehensive whole farm account. The full set of required information will need to be recorded for each farmer co-operator through the use of a pre-specified standardised collection form (the FAS 24) and according to the appropriate codes, instructions and guidance. This information will be used to produce a full profit-and-loss account and a balance sheet for each farm business, and calculations regarding a number of key farm business performance measures. The FBS also collects important information, where possible, about the non-farming incomes of farmers and their spouses (such as from other employment or self-employment), physical aspects of the farm businesses, for example, on crop areas and stock numbers for use in classifying farm businesses according to its type and size, and also about, for example, countryside maintenance and agri-environment activities. The Contractor will need to supply “clean” (i.e. passing all of the relevant checking tests) and fully reconciled, completed farm accounts (as specified in the FAS 24 data collection form applicable to the relevant survey year, and the FADN Farm Return) together with “module” study returns (enabling the provision of supplementary information about various aspects of farm businesses and farm households) for each farm in the sample, meeting the sample quotas for the main farm types and size groups and being representative of farm businesses across Wales. These fully reconciled accounts need to be completed to strict timetables and quality requirements, to provide the Welsh Government with a database of typical farm accounts for statistical purposes. In addition, appropriate feedback to farmer co-operators and the production and publication of annual reports summarising the data collected through the FBS is required. Of critical importance, the FBS data collection coverage and data quality must meet the full set of current and evolving information requirements of the Welsh Government and also the EC’s FADN, including the requirement to submit completed (and validated) Farm Returns for a specified sub-sample of farm businesses in Wales, as defined in the annual EC FADN Selection Plan. The requirements are subject to a strict timetable, and meeting each of the relevant deadlines is crucial to delivering the aims and objectives of this Specification. In order to successfully meet the aims of this research, the operation and design of the Farm Business Survey, associated documentation, validation and recording process, and data handling arrangements, will need to keep up to date with changes in agricultural practices and support mechanisms, and the developing data needs of both the Welsh Government and FADN. This means that the FBS is subject to updating each year and therefore whilst there is a large core of data which is collected every year, there will also be some variation in the data collected to reflect these changing requirements. To meet the data collection and delivery aims, such changes will need to be handled in an adaptable and flexible manner, and effectively implemented by the Contractor to the required timetables.

Farm Business Survey 2016+.

Welsh Government | Published October 24, 2015
Winner
Ibers
cpvs
73000000, 73100000, 73110000, 73200000, 79311400, 79315000, 79311200, 79311300, 79311000, 72221000

The Farm Business Survey (FBS) is an annual survey of farm businesses in Wales conducted with the primary purpose of collecting detailed physical and financial data about the economic position of farm businesses throughout Wales. The survey is the primary source of information on the economics of farm businesses and is one of the most complex surveys undertaken anywhere in Government. Similar surveys of farm businesses are also conducted in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and other European Union (EU) Member States. The FBS was first conducted in the 1930's as the Farm Management Survey. The survey was intended to assist in policy formulation, to help improve efficiency on individual farms, and to be a resource for research. Although agricultural policy objectives have evolved since then, the Welsh Government retains the need to monitor and analyse the economic performance of the agricultural industry and to assess the impact of existing and future policies on different farm types, particularly in relation to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Farm Business Survey is also required for a number of statistical purposes. The FBS is used to produce Welsh Government official statistics on farm businesses in Wales, including on Farm Incomes and Farm Diversification, and makes a significant contribution to the published Forecasts of Farm Incomes and to the production of published statistics on Aggregate Agricultural Output and Income. Figures based on the FBS in Wales are also included in the Agriculture in the United Kingdom publication. Published FBS data are frequently used by stakeholders including farmers, farming unions, agricultural consultants, banks and universities. FBS data in the form of calculated averages are widely used in the provision of business advice to the farming industry, with such information also included in an on-line benchmarking resource enabling comparisons of farm business performance with other farm business groups across a range of financial measures. More detailed anonymised information from the FBS is also available in the long-run datasets which can be accessed by bona fide researchers via the UK Data Service. A critical function of the FBS is to enable the Welsh Government (as the relevant liaison agency) to meet its obligations (originally under Council Regulation 79/65/EEC, subsequently expanded under the basic Act of Council Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009) to provide specified data on a stratified sample of farm businesses to the European Commission's (ECs) Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) each year. The collected FBS data is used to populate the FADN Farm Return which is specified under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 385/2012. The primary objective of this research is the annual implementation of the Farm Business Survey in Wales. The FBS involves the collection of detailed physical and financial data from a specified, stratified sample (of main farm types and size groups) of ‘commercially viable’ farm businesses in Wales. The data is collected from recruited farmer co-operators through on-site farm visits and the examination, and audit, of each business's books, records and other relevant paperwork, enabling the production of a comprehensive whole farm account. The full set of required information will need to be recorded for each farmer co-operator through the use of a pre-specified standardised collection form (the FAS 24) and according to the appropriate codes, instructions and guidance. This information will be used to produce a full profit-and-loss account and a balance sheet for each farm business, and calculations regarding a number of key farm business performance measures. The FBS also collects important information, where possible, about the non-farming incomes of farmers and their spouses (such as from other employment or self-employment), physical aspects of the farm businesses, for example, on crop areas and stock numbers for use in classifying farm businesses according to its type and size, and also about, for example, countryside maintenance and agri-environment activities. The Contractor will need to supply ‘clean’ (i.e. passing all of the relevant checking tests) and fully reconciled, completed farm accounts (as specified in the FAS 24 data collection form applicable to the relevant survey year, and the FADN Farm Return) together with ‘module’ study returns (enabling the provision of supplementary information about various aspects of farm businesses and farm households) for each farm in the sample, meeting the sample quotas for the main farm types and size groups and being representative of farm businesses across Wales. These fully reconciled accounts need to be completed to strict timetables and quality requirements, to provide the Welsh Government with a database of typical farm accounts for statistical purposes. In addition, appropriate feedback to farmer co-operators and the production and publication of annual reports summarising the data collected through the FBS is required. Of critical importance, the FBS data collection coverage and data quality must meet the full set of current and evolving information requirements of the Welsh Government and also the EC's FADN, including the requirement to submit completed (and validated) Farm Returns for a specified sub-sample of farm businesses in Wales, as defined in the annual EC FADN Selection Plan. The requirements are subject to a strict timetable, and meeting each of the relevant deadlines is crucial to delivering the aims and objectives of this Specification. In order to successfully meet the aims of this research, the operation and design of the Farm Business Survey, associated documentation, validation and recording process, and data handling arrangements, will need to keep up to date with changes in agricultural practices and support mechanisms, and the developing data needs of both the Welsh Government and FADN. This means that the FBS is subject to updating each year and therefore whilst there is a large core of data which is collected every year, there will also be some variation in the data collected to reflect these changing requirements. To meet the data collection and delivery aims, such changes will need to be handled in an adaptable and flexible manner, and effectively implemented by the Contractor to the required timetables.

Farm Business Survey 2016+

Welsh Government | Published May 25, 2015  -  Deadline July 16, 2015
cpvs
73000000, 73100000, 73110000, 73200000, 79311400, 79315000, 79311200, 79311300, 79311000, 72221000

The Farm Business Survey (FBS) is an annual survey of farm businesses in Wales conducted with the primary purpose of collecting detailed physical and financial data about the economic position of farm businesses throughout Wales. The survey is the primary source of information on the economics of farm businesses and is one of the most complex surveys undertaken anywhere in Government. Similar surveys of farm businesses are also conducted in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and other European Union (EU) Member States. The FBS was first conducted in the 1930s as the Farm Management Survey. The survey was intended to assist in policy formulation, to help improve efficiency on individual farms, and to be a resource for research. Although agricultural policy objectives have evolved since then, the Welsh Government retains the need to monitor and analyse the economic performance of the agricultural industry and to assess the impact of existing and future policies on different farm types, particularly in relation to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Farm Business Survey is also required for a number of statistical purposes. The FBS is used to produce Welsh Government official statistics on farm businesses in Wales, including on Farm Incomes and Farm Diversification, and makes a significant contribution to the published Forecasts of Farm Incomes and to the production of published statistics on Aggregate Agricultural Output and Income. Figures based on the FBS in Wales are also included in the Agriculture in the United Kingdom publication. Published FBS data are frequently used by stakeholders including farmers, farming unions, agricultural consultants, banks and universities. FBS data in the form of calculated averages are widely used in the provision of business advice to the farming industry, with such information also included in an on-line benchmarking resource enabling comparisons of farm business performance with other farm business groups across a range of financial measures. More detailed anonymised information from the FBS is also available in the long-run datasets which can be accessed by bona fide researchers via the UK Data Service. A critical function of the FBS is to enable the Welsh Government (as the relevant liaison agency) to meet its obligations (originally under Council Regulation 79/65/EEC, subsequently expanded under the basic Act of Council Regulation (EC) No 1217/2009) to provide specified data on a stratified sample of farm businesses to the European Commission’s (ECs) Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) each year. The collected FBS data is used to populate the FADN Farm Return which is specified under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 385/2012. The primary objective of this research is the annual implementation of the Farm Business Survey in Wales. The FBS involves the collection of detailed physical and financial data from a specified, stratified sample (of main farm types and size groups) of ‘commercially viable’ farm businesses in Wales. The data is collected from recruited farmer co-operators through on-site farm visits and the examination, and audit, of each business’s books, records and other relevant paperwork, enabling the production of a comprehensive whole farm account. The full set of required information will need to be recorded for each farmer co-operator through the use of a pre-specified standardised collection form (the FAS 24) and according to the appropriate codes, instructions and guidance. This information will be used to produce a full profit-and-loss account and a balance sheet for each farm business, and calculations regarding a number of key farm business performance measures. The FBS also collects important information, where possible, about the non-farming incomes of farmers and their spouses (such as from other employment or self-employment), physical aspects of the farm businesses, for example, on crop areas and stock numbers for use in classifying farm businesses according to its type and size, and also about, for example, countryside maintenance and agri-environment activities. The Contractor will need to supply “clean” (i.e. passing all of the relevant checking tests) and fully reconciled, completed farm accounts (as specified in the FAS 24 data collection form applicable to the relevant survey year, and the FADN Farm Return) together with “module” study returns (enabling the provision of supplementary information about various aspects of farm businesses and farm households) for each farm in the sample, meeting the sample quotas for the main farm types and size groups and being representative of farm businesses across Wales. These fully reconciled accounts need to be completed to strict timetables and quality requirements, to provide the Welsh Government with a database of typical farm accounts for statistical purposes. In addition, appropriate feedback to farmer co-operators and the production and publication of annual reports summarising the data collected through the FBS is required. Of critical importance, the FBS data collection coverage and data quality must meet the full set of current and evolving information requirements of the Welsh Government and also the EC’s FADN, including the requirement to submit completed (and validated) Farm Returns for a specified sub-sample of farm businesses in Wales, as defined in the annual EC FADN Selection Plan. The requirements are subject to a strict timetable, and meeting each of the relevant deadlines is crucial to delivering the aims and objectives of this Specification. In order to successfully meet the aims of this research, the operation and design of the Farm Business Survey, associated documentation, validation and recording process, and data handling arrangements, will need to keep up to date with changes in agricultural practices and support mechanisms, and the developing data needs of both the Welsh Government and FADN. This means that the FBS is subject to updating each year and therefore whilst there is a large core of data which is collected every year, there will also be some variation in the data collected to reflect these changing requirements. To meet the data collection and delivery aims, such changes will need to be handled in an adaptable and flexible manner, and effectively implemented by the Contractor to the required timetables. NOTE: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales at http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/search/search_switch.aspx?ID=27188
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