The Farmers Union of Wales is urging everyone with an interest in farming matters and believes the agricultural industry to be the backbone of the rural economy to make their voices heard at all levels, by messaging their elected representatives through an online lobbying tool on its website.
“While our officials are out continuously lobbying key decision makers and politicians at Westminster and Cardiff level, anyone can also lobby their elected politicians,” FUW president, Glyn Roberts, said.
“Based around our Farming Matters campaign all those who recognise the importance of a thriving rural economy can find their elected representatives by entering a postcode and then choosing who they want to email.
“There is a pre-written campaign letter available for use, but it can be amended if you so wish. The more we remind politicians about the importance of farming and its role in the rural economy, the more chance there is that our rural economy will survive and prosper.”
The campaign letter states that the individual wishes to highlight the importance of ensuring agriculture and the rural economy are given sufficient prominence during forthcoming discussions, negotiations and decisions following the referendum on EU membership.
It also stresses that farm businesses, and family farms in particular, are an essential part of the economic, social, and cultural fabric of rural areas.
Attention is also drawn to the fact that around 60,000 people are employed on farm holdings in Wales alone, in addition to the thousands employed in businesses which are reliant on agriculture.