NFU Cymru’s Next Generation Policy Group welcomed Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM on farm to discuss future agricultural policy.
During the visit, hosted by Next Generation Policy Group member Rhodri Jones on his beef and sheep farm near Bala, the Cabinet Secretary was keen to hear the views of the younger members of the industry.
Discussions revolved around future support for younger farmers and how the Next Generation Group see post-Brexit policy structured. Members of the group, who farm all across Wales, gave the Cabinet Secretary an insight into their own farms and their aspirations for the agricultural industry moving forward.
Rhodri Jones, Next Generation Policy Group member said: “I’d like to thank the Cabinet Secretary for taking the time to meet with us. As a group we are the future generation of farmers and we were keen to highlight to the Cabinet Secretary the need for a productive, profitable and progressive agricultural industry and how we can help secure a vibrant future for Welsh agriculture.”
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM said: “I was delighted to visit Rhodri Jones’s farm to hear the views of the NFU’s Next Generation Group on the future of agricultural policy and how we can work together to secure a strong future for the industry. This is particularly pertinent as we prepare to leave the EU – my priority is to ensure the industry is in the best possible position to deal with the change ahead for current and future generations.”