NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, and is urging young farmers in his constituency to apply for funds to help them develop their businesses.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said he was delighted to hear that applications were now open, for the £6m Young People into Agriculture Scheme, which is aimed at developing the next generation of farmers.

The initiative, which will support 150 farmers, will offer start-up aid to high achieving individuals looking to establish a new business, or develop an existing business.

Mr Hamilton said:

“This a marvellous opportunity for young farmers who will be given a financial boost and the chance to develop themselves and their ideas.

“The scheme will not only help them financially, but will also give the applicant support in developing the skills they need to learn more about the industry in which they work.

“These days, more than ever, it is vital to take advantage of any opportunity to gain a wider knowledge of the agricultural business. I am also delighted to hear about the Young People in Agriculture Forum which is a very positive move and again helps our young farmers with their development.

“It is great to see such opportunities available for young farmers in Wales, and I would urge anyone interested to make sure they apply.”

Applicants must be aged under 40 on April 1 2018 and Expressions of interest must be submitted by June 12.

Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, said supporting the next generation of farmers was her key priority.

She said:

“To complement this important scheme, I established a Young People in Agriculture Forum and met with the members last week to hear their views and talk to them about the development opportunities the Forum would provide for them.

“The Forum will help us further develop a long term relationship with young people who aspire to be the future senior leaders of the agriculture industry in Wales.”

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