The Welsh Government has appointed a former NFU national director-general to head up its new think tank group charged with developing a strategic framework for farming in Wales.
Kevin Roberts, who is also a former chief executive of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, will chair a working group of representatives drawn from across a wide range of industry organisations seeking to implement proposals emerging from a public consultation process aimed at ’promoting agriculture’s present and future well-being’.
According to Food and Farming Deputy Minister, Rebecca Evans, the consultation drew 44 responses from individuals or organisations.
“Work on the analysis is now complete and I am pleased that the responses were largely in favour of the vision as set out in the collaborative approach taken in developing the consultation,” she said.
“A key element in the successful delivery of the vision is partnership working and I have invited industry bodies to work alongside the Welsh Government to form a group that will take forward this important work for the benefit of all.
“It will reflect the true meaning of collaborative working with an independent chair and I am pleased to announce that Kevin Roberts was the overwhelming choice for the role.”
The group would develop and execute action plans necessary to achieve the vision, taking full account of existing industry reviews and recommendations.
“It will publish and maintain strategic priorities, high level and delivery plans, with an on-going programme of work and focus on actions that can deliver significant impact,” she added.
“By strengthening communication, co-operation and co-ordination within the industry they will champion a forward looking, innovative entrepreneurial spirit in the industry.”
She said the group would initially meet on a monthly basis and then at suitable intervals, working towards a progress report at the next Wales Farming Conference.