“Brexit has resulted in one of the biggest challenges to face our industry in generations and the industry must embrace change in order to succeed,” says John Mercer, NFU Cymru Director ahead of NFU Cymru Conference on Thursday, 2 November.
To be held once again at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, the conference will bring together a line-up of industry leading speakers who will set the scene around Brexit and outline their thoughts on the future direction of the industry.
John Mercer said: “There can be no doubt that while Brexit has resulted in one of the biggest challenges to face our industry in generations, we must embrace the opportunity presented to us to further develop and grow our world-class Welsh agricultural industry. The Union firmly believes that we can make a success of Brexit if our collective focus is centred on supporting our industry to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population with safe, quality, affordable food, alongside maintaining and enhancing our cherished environment and meeting our climate change obligations.
“Building on the success of last year’s event, we are growing the conference and giving even more members the opportunity to attend. NFU Cymru Conference has NFU Cymru members at its core - I encourage any members who are interested in attending to contact the NFU Cymru office to register a place. I’m sure the speakers will provide some thought provoking discussion and stimulate insightful debate among those in attendance.”
This year’s conference speakers include: Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government; Joe Healy, President, Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA); Nathan Ward, Business Unit Director for Meat, Fish & Poultry, Kantar Worldpanel; Tim Rycroft, Corporate Affairs Director, Food and Drink Federation (FDF); Dimitri Houtart, Rural Affairs Champion, BBC; Clive Black, Co-Founder, Director and Head of Research, Shore Capital Markets; Kevin Roberts, Chairman, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) and Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
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