First Minister asks for UK Gov commitment to Welsh farming
First Minister Carwyn Jones has said that the U.K. Government needs to be engaging and talking more with Wales. Speaking to Llanelli Online at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells on Monday (Jul 24) the First Minister said: “We have a lot of support like European subsidies and the small business grant that we have put in place like Farming Connect, which helps farms to diversify. What farmer’s need is access to their biggest market, which is the European market. Anything that interferes with that is bad for Welsh farming.
Asked if he had been asked a lot of questions on Brexit at the show he said: “I often wonder if it wasn’t for Brexit what I would be doing. Every single day people are asking questions. Some of those questions have no answers. We can get to those answers but we need the U.K. Government to start engaging and talking to us so that together we can find a way forward for Britain.
Speaking about his visit to the show the First Minister said: “I have been coming here for 17 years as a Minister. The weather has been kind to us. It is a great showcase for Welsh farming, business and charities. It is a great place to find out what is going on in the countryside. In the old days when I was Rural Affairs Minister I used to come here at 7am in the morning and leave here at 10pm in the evening.
Speaking about the future of farming the First Minister said: “There are lots of issues. I want the future for farming to be bright. As a Government we will support Welsh farming we will support our uplands farmers particularly but we need to see that level of commitment from the U.K. Government, which we haven’t seen yet.”