MEIRIONNYDD beef and sheep farmer Emyr Jones has stood down as the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) president following 15 years of loyal service to the organisation at national level.
Mr Jones, from Bala, revealed his decision at today’s (Monday, June 15) FUW annual meeting in Aberystwyth.
He was Meirionnydd county chairman from 1998 to 2000 when he was elected to represent North Wales on the union’s central finance and organisation committee. He was elected national vice president in 2002, deputy president in 2003 and president in 2011.
He told annual meeting delegates that following the major reorganisation during the past year of the management of both the FUW and FUW Insurance ’we have an organisation that can look forward with confidence to serving the Welsh agricultural industry for another 60 years’.
He added: “Therefore, after serving as your leader for the past four years and as deputy president before that for eight years, I think it is time I took a back seat and allowed the union to be led by a new face who can deal with the challenges that continue to confront the industry.
“I am confident that, whoever takes over from me, will do a fine job and can count on my full support.
“I also thank all the staff and members of the union for their support over the past 12 years and I offer my heartfelt thanks to all those people, both inside and outside our industry, for their valuable help through all the good, and sometimes difficult, times.
“Finally, I wish the members of the new presidential team all the best in their future efforts to sustain the FUW for many more years to come.”
Mr Jones is married with three children. A Welsh speaker, he was born and brought up on the family farm Rhiwaedog, Rhosygwaliau, near Bala.
The farm extends to 360 acres, with a further 300 acres of rented land, and carries a herd of 60 pedigree Welsh Black suckler cows and 1,700 breeding sheep.