A fresh look at CAP policy in Wales, scrapping the six-day-standstill rule, a strategy to save council farms from being sold off, and an increase in the amount of Welsh food purchased by the public sector are being promised by Plaid Cymru in its Assembly elections agricultural manifesto.
“If elected in May, a Plaid Cymru government would vow to be a strong voice for Wales’s rural communities,” Llyr Gruffydd, the party’s Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities, Farming and Food, said today (Tuesday, April 12).
“For too long, Labour Ministers have undermined our vital agriculture industry by making Wales the most modulated country in Europe – a decision that took £250m out of the pockets of Welsh farmers.
“We want to put this right by bringing forward policies that will ensure that the industry prospers in future.
“Our agriculture manifesto includes ambitious but achievable proposals to address Labour’s CAP fiasco and make sure Welsh farmers have a stronger voice in CAP simplification discussions, and scrap the six-day-standstill rule which is hampering farm businesses at the very time we need more flexibility.
“We would also introduce a strategy to save council farms from being sold off, under a wider programme to support new entrants into the industry.
“As part of Plaid Cymru’s wider proposals to raise procurement levels throughout Wales, we would ensure that the agriculture industry benefits from this by increasing the amount of Welsh food purchased by the public sector.
“We have a strong track record of supporting agriculture and campaigning for rural services. We are looking forward to unveiling this comprehensive manifesto and discussing the ideas it contains with the Welsh farming sector.”