Representatives from NFU Cymru met with the First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, and Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, today to discuss the Union’s work and the opportunities and challenges for Welsh farming post-Brexit.
The meeting gave NFU Cymru the opportunity to share the Union’s recent Brexit policy work and illustrate the key work areas, points and asks that the Union had highlighted in its recently published policy papers on trade, labour and a future domestic agricultural policy for Wales – part of the Vision For the Future of Farming series of policy papers.
Speaking after the meeting, NFU Cymru President Stephen James, said: “I was delighted that the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary were able to meet with us today to discuss Brexit’s impact on the industry in Wales, as well as our recently published policy documents. As part of these discussions we stressed the importance of trade to our sector and the importance of maintaining current levels of Government investment in Welsh farming. We reminded the First Minister that for every £1 invested by Government in farming the industry delivers around £7.40 in return – a vital contribution to the Welsh economy.
“This meeting was also an ideal opportunity for NFU Cymru to highlight the importance of Government and the agricultural industry in Wales working in partnership to develop a domestic agricultural policy. The Cabinet Secretary has been instrumental in adopting such an approach since the European Referendum and I am confident that this will help us deliver a productive, profitable and progressive farming industry in Wales that will, in turn, deliver jobs, growth and investment for the people of Wales.
“During the meeting we discussed our recent Farming – Bringing Wales Together report that examined the wider contribution of agriculture to the environmental, economic, social and cultural well-being of Wales. This report features case studies from farmers across Wales and accentuates just what the industry means to the people of Wales.
“We thanked the First Minister for including strong messages and references to agriculture within the recent Welsh Government white papers on Brexit and devolution which echo our own key policy asks. It’s clear from today’s discussions that the First Minister is acutely aware of the importance of agriculture to Wales and the need to work together to secure the best outcome for Welsh farming. It is vital that the industry’s voice is heard on these issues and this is evidence that the First Minister and his Government are listening.”