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'It's a must' - Welsh farmers call for new HCC chairman to be a levy payer

The Welsh Government has re-advertised the role but the job description does not specify the candidate should be a levy payer


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'It is a must' - Welsh farmers call for new HCC chairman to be a levy payer

Welsh Government ‘must’ appoint a levy payer as Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) chairman to boost confidence in the industry, Welsh farmers have said.

 


The role has been advertised again, following the selection panel’s announcement that none of the previous applicants were suitable for the job.


However, those speaking to Farmers Guardian, some of whom asked to remain anonymous, took issue with the fact the job description failed to specify the candidate should be a levy payer.

 

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Welsh beef and sheep farmer Hugh Tudor said it was a ‘must’.


He said: “If it is a levy payer, it will be a person involved in the industry. They will have more of an understanding.”

 


He added he wanted to see the new chairman working closely with industry and processors.


“Previous chairmen have not quite been working closely enough. I would like to see that going forward.”

 

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The Welsh Government highlighted eight members of the board were levy payers and it was confident their views would be considered.


A spokesman said: “It is essential we have a chairman with the experience, knowledge and skills to represent the needs of the industry and support and challenge the HCC executive as we prepare for a future outside the EU.


“The selection panel as a whole did not feel the previous applicants for chairman had sufficient evidence to demonstrate these requirements and therefore rightly did not recommend appointment of any of the candidates to the Cabinet Secretary.”

 


There were also question marks over whether interim chairman Kevin Roberts was ‘independent’, considering his role on the Government’s selection panel.


The Welsh Government spokesman added: “It was felt he was best placed to deliver on the review’s recommendations with the new board until a permanent chairman is appointed.”


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