NEIL Hamilton, , Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is urging young Welsh farmers to apply to take part in one of the most popular historic civic pageants in the world.

The 2018 Lord Mayor’s Show, is being held in London, on Saturday November 10 and the National Farmers Union is now looking for people to represent British farming at the event.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said:

“This is an amazing opportunity for our young farmers and I would urge anyone interested to make sure they apply to take part in this wonderful spectacle.

“Apart from enjoying the excitement of the event, they will also be promoting agriculture and taking the Back British Farming messages on to the streets of London.

“Welsh farmers are the country’s unsung heroes; they work hard every day of the year to produce the nation’s food, care for the environment and sculpt the picturesque landscapes for which Wales is famous.

“I’m proud to support our country’s producers and welcome any initiative which encourages support for the agriculture industry.”

The NFU has launched a competition to find eight young farmers, who are making a real difference within farming and have great stories to tell.

They are seeking nominations from young farmers, aged 18-30, who have made an outstanding contribution to the farming sector and who are passionate about the industry. Applicants are also asked to include as much information as possible on why they or the nominee, deserves to represent British farming and the wider farming industry at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

The winners will join the NFU and Massey Ferguson, to support the Worshipful Company of Farmers at the 803rd show, which will also be broadcast live on BBC.

As an additional prize this year, Massey Ferguson is inviting one of the young farmers on a special trip to Beauvais in Northern France, as a guest to tour the factory and enjoy an overnight stay.

NFU Cymru President, John Davies said: “It’s always great fun having the young farmers with us at the Lord Mayor’s Show as it provides the perfect platform to engage with the watching crowds and let them know about farming’s role in producing their food and looking after the iconic British countryside.

“We are hoping this competition, with the added incentive of a trip to the Massey Ferguson factory in France, will help showcase another group of young farmers who’re all enthusiastic and passionate about what they do – producing the nation’s food.”

NFU Cymru member, Tom Rees, who was part of the young farmer group last year, said: “For me, participating in the Lord Mayor’s Show as the NFU Cymru representative was a once in a lifetime experience – a particular highlight was seeing the enthusiasm the British public had for British farmers – it was fantastic to see everyone fully support the campaign and message we were promoting.”

Nominations close on Sunday August 19 and a panel of farming experts will draw up a shortlist of finalists by August 31.

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