NFU Cymru’s Next Generation Policy Group has put its key priorities for a post-Brexit Welsh agricultural policy to the Welsh Government’s Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths.
Topics discussed included the future agricultural policy for Wales, how to support and encourage new entrants into the industry and the role farmers play in delivering a wide range of goods and services to society.
Guto Davies, a group member and an upland beef and sheep tenant farmer from Clwyd said: “As a group we are clear in our vision for a policy that is outcome focussed, delivering on the three key pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental.
Joy Cornock, from a dairy, beef, sheep and arable farm in north Pembrokeshire, said a post-Brexit policy should provide mechanisms that target improvements in on-farm productivity and supported the active farmer.
Responding, Mrs Griffiths said it was “good to meet such an energetic and forward thinking group of young people. I look forward to seeing many of them emerging as the senior leaders of the agriculture industry over the coming years.
“Our discussions were open, honest and constructive around the future direction of agriculture in Wales.
“As we prepare to leave the European Union, it is more important than ever we work in partnership to identify opportunities to develop a distinctively Welsh agricultural policy, one that works in the very best interests of farm businesses and the wider Welsh economy.
“It was also good to discuss how we might encourage more young, and not so young, people into farming. New blood and fresh ideas are an essential ingredient in any successful industry.”