Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd Liz Saville Roberts and Mid and West Wales AM Simon Thomas will hold a series of advice sessions for farming communities in Meirionnydd amidst growing uncertainty about the future of the industry as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.
The drop-in sessions are being held in Rhydymain, Bryncrug, Y Bala and Dyffryn Ardudwy on Monday 19th February 2018 in conjunction with the FUW and NFU farming unions.
Liz Saville Roberts MP said,
‘With uncertainty over Brexit, future funding and agricultural policies in general, our farming communities need assurances that their concerns are directly communicated to both the Westminster and Welsh governments.’
‘In response to the challenges facing the industry, I have decided to expand my advice surgeries to focus specifically on issues around agriculture, which is my way of being able to speak to as many farmers as possible and hear first-hand about their concerns.’
‘I hope to gather first-hand accounts of farmers’ experiences and to illustrate in the most detailed way possible, how current uncertainty within the industry is affecting their livelihoods.’
Simon Thomas AM said,
‘Agriculture in Wales is facing the most challenging situation since World War II, and certainly no-one today can recall such a volatile situation or a period of greater uncertainty about the future of the industry.’
‘Many of these challenges arise from the decision to leave the EU but some result from changes in the way we eat, trade and regard our countryside and environment. Not the least of these is climate change.’
‘The agriculture industry and the wider food and drink industry is vital in Wales for our economy, our way of life, and for the health and welfare of our population.’
‘Plaid Cymru succeeded in securing £6m from Welsh Government for a grant scheme for young farmers over the next two years to ensure new entrants into the industry which will support the sector’s long-term future.’
‘This forms part of our efforts to ensure that the sector is ready to face the challenges of Brexit.’