NEIL Hamilton, MS for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales is urging farmers to have their say on the future of Welsh upland farming.
Mr Hamilton, a member of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, is calling on those involved in upland farming to take part in the NFU Cymru Survey.
“As a long-time supporter of farmers and the agricultural industry, I welcomed the survey when it was announced in August and commended the NFU for coming up with the idea.
“It is important that people who live and work in these communities participate in the survey. They are the ones who know how much hard work goes into producing food from this type of land.
“Welsh farmers are the country’s unsung heroes. They work tirelessly every day of the year to produce the nation’s food and it is only right that upland farmers are consulted on the future of their industry.
“It is vital they take this opportunity to have their say and help develop a vision for the future of Welsh upland farming.”
The survey, which closes on Friday, September 25, and takes about 10 minutes to complete, is available on the NFU Cymru website in Welsh and in English and was included as a pull-out to complete and return in last month’s edition of Farming Wales.
Information on the survey findings and the NFU Cymru Vision for Welsh Uplands Conference will be provided in future editions of Farming Wales.
In August, NFU Cymru President John Davies said:
“A lot is written and said about the Welsh uplands. There are people and policies that seek to earmark these areas we all hold so dear and change their purpose for large scale afforestation or rewilding, for example. While of course, Welsh farmers want to play an active role in helping to address the environmental and climatic challenges that lie ahead, this should not be done at the expense of all of the unique goods and diverse benefits the Welsh uplands currently provide.
“It is important that the people who have worked this land and lived in these communities for generations are the ones to lead this important conversation about its future. Every farmer who submits a response to this important research makes our voice louder and stronger.”