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A new NFU Cymru report highlighting the significant role agriculture plays for Wales’ economic, environmental, cultural and social well-being has been launched at the Senedd.
The ‘Farming – Bringing Wales Together’ report features farmer-led case study stories from around Wales which demonstrate that the agricultural industry meets each of the well-being goals in the Welsh Government’s Well-being of Future Generations Act.
The report was launched during a special NFU Cymru Welsh Food & Farming celebratory event, kindly sponsored by Simon Thomas AM, held at the Senedd on Tuesday 23rd May. Assembly Members attending the event were also treated to the premiere of a new ‘Farming – Bringing Wales Together’ video, starring farmers from across Wales, demonstrating the tangible benefits of farmers’ work to the Welsh economy and environment, as well as promoting and protecting Welsh language and culture.
NFU Cymru Deputy President John Davies said: “It was fantastic to be at the Senedd today and share this important piece of work with Assembly Members. I’m extremely proud that this report puts our members centre-stage and gives them the platform to demonstrate the everyday examples of innovation, commitment and sheer hard work taking place on farms and in rural communities across Wales, highlighting the importance of a vibrant, dynamic, profitable agricultural industry within Wales and the need for it to thrive.
“Of course, the passion and drive demonstrated by these 14 farming families and businesses is just a small snapshot of our wonderful industry. These examples do not occur in isolation - farmers across Wales are contributing to the economic, environmental, social and cultural well-being of Wales on many levels. Farming is part of Wales’ history and must continue to be recognised as an industry of critical and growing importance to Wales.
“There can be no doubt that this very significant contribution will only continue to be delivered if we have viable and profitable farming enterprises and a strong, competitive agricultural industry in Wales. Moving forward, it is clear that society needs farming to thrive and it is incumbent on us all to work together through the Well-being of Future Generations Act to put in place the policy and budgetary framework that allows farm businesses to be profitable so they can continue to deliver for the people of Wales now and in the future.
“If industry, government, decision makers and stakeholders can all come together and recognise the contribution of agriculture and work with us to ensure a policy and budgetary framework that delivers a productive, profitable and progressive industry then we will have an industry that will deliver jobs, growth and investment for all of Welsh society.”
The ‘Farming – Bringing Wales Together’ report and accompanying video can be found at www.nfu-cymru.org.uk. The video will also be available through NFU Cymru’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
Pictured: The report case studies, with Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, Simon Thomas AM and NFU Cymru Deputy President, John Davies