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NFU Cymru urges farmers to respond to consultation on the future of the uplands

NFU Cymru is encouraging farmers in Wales to respond to a survey about the future of the uplands.

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NFU Cymru urges farmers to respond to consultation on the future of the uplands

The union has launched the consultation to ensure the voices of people living and working in the Welsh uplands are heard as politicians in Cardiff Bay look to develop new policies for these unique landscapes.

 

Some 78 per cent of land in Wales is designated as Less Favoured Area (LFA), providing a rich contribution to the environmental, economic, social and cultural prosperity of the country.

 

NFU Cymru president John Davies said: “A lot is written and said about the Welsh uplands.

 

“There are people and polices which seek to earmark these areas we all hold so dear and change their purpose to large-scale afforestation or rewilding, for example.


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“While of course Welsh farmers want to play an active role in helping to address the environmental and climatic challenges that lie ahead, this should not be done at the expense of all of the unique goods and diverse benefits the Welsh uplands currently provide.”

 

Farmers can submit their views in Welsh or English on the NFU Cymru website, and union members will also have the option of completing a bilingual survey in the upcoming edition of the Farming Wales magazine.

 

The survey is open for five weeks and closes on Friday September 25.

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