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Weather-hit farmers left struggling in Wales

Welsh Conservatives have condemned Welsh Government Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies, for his on-going refusal to support weather-hit upland farmers - as the Scottish Government announces a £6 million aid package for those in need there.

The Scottish Rural Secretary’s statement follows £500,000 pounds already announced to help deal with the costs of fallen stock.

 

In contrast, the Welsh Government continues to refuse the option of direct financial support for farmers still fighting the effects of adverse weather.

 

“While Scotland acts, Wales stands still,” according to Shadow Rural Affairs Minister, Antoinette Sandbach AM, said:

 

“The Minister is increasingly isolated in his approach and his lacklustre response will further damage Welsh farmers’ ability to compete,” she said.

 

“Many farmers are already fighting for their livelihoods; stock has been lost, feed costs are up, sheds have collapsed, field fences are down.

 

“These are the only farmers in the UK not receiving LFA payments and the Minister’s ignorance to their on-going plight is unacceptable.

 

“The Welsh Labour Government should follow Scotland’s lead and properly support struggling farmers.”

 


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