Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Angela Burns participated in two meetings last week to discuss the NFU and FUW proposals for how agricultural policy in Wales needs to change with the advent of the UK leaving the European Union next March.
The first event was held in Cardiff Bay and included a joint presentation by the two Unions about what they felt was the best way forward for the Welsh Government to support the industry over the coming months and years. This was followed up by a meeting in Carmarthen organised by the NFU where Angela met with local NFU representatives and members.
Commenting Angela said
“There is a massive strength of feeling that the Welsh Government must get their approach right on agriculture over the next few months. I have been inundated with copies of emails sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the two events this week have demonstrated the strong views held and the concerns that farmers have that the Welsh Government is not providing the support they need going forward.
“The unions are calling for a number of actions to take place but central amongst them are issues surround the reduction of red tape and regulation, the necessity to provide continued funding so farmers are not disadvantaged by Brexit and the need to continue to back farmers for the excellent environmental work that they undertake to maintain and enhance our natural environment and iconic landscapes.
“Farmers are the backbone to rural communities and we as politicians have a duty of care to not only the individuals but to these communities.
“I have never been in any doubt about the concerns that farmers have in these uncertain times and this week not only reinforces the strength of feeling, but also enhances the desire to ensure that Brexit works for Welsh agriculture and does not cause it harm.
“The Cabinet Secretary must demonstrate over the coming months that she understands our rural communities and provide the support that they need in the current economic climate”.