NFU Cymru has launched a new report at the Senedd which shows how agriculture contributes to the country’s economic, environmental, cultural and social well-being.
The report, which is full of farmer-led case studies, was unveiled at an event sponsored by Simon Thomas AM, a member of the rural affairs committee in Cardiff.
It explains how Welsh farmers underpin the food and drink supply chain, which is worth over £6bn and employs 17 per cent of the workforce; how they create the backdrop for a tourism industry worth £2.8bn; how they manage over 80 per cent of Wales’ land; how they contribute to the wider rural economy and how they help to protect the Welsh culture and language.
NFU Cymru deputy president John Davies said: “It was fantastic to be at the Senedd and share this important piece of work with Assembly Members.
“I am extremely proud this report puts our members centre-stage and gives them the platform to demonstrate the everyday examples of innovation, commitment and sheer hard work taking place on farms and in rural communities across Wales, highlighting the importance of a vibrant, dynamic, profitable agricultural industry within Wales and the need for it to thrive.”
The report was launched amid warnings losing access to the European single market could be catastrophic for the Welsh farming industry.
With more than 90 per cent of red meat exports from Wales destined for the EU, former chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru said in November last year the UK ‘cannot afford to be excluded or restricted in our future export trade’.
Mr Davies added: “If industry, government, decision-makers and stakeholders can all come together and recognise the contribution of agriculture and work with us to ensure a policy and budgetary framework which delivers a productive, profitable and progressive industry then we will have an industry which will deliver jobs, growth and investment for all of Welsh society.”
You can read NFU Cymru’s report here.