THE FUW has hosted a successful breakfast function at the Senedd in Cardiff.
Joining the FUW and other guests for the event, which was sponsored by Paul Davies AM and Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales, were the Secretary General for the Muslim Council for Wales, Mr Saleem Kidwai, and Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture Rebecca Evans.
Addressing the almost 100 breakfast guests, FUW President Glyn Roberts emphasized the need for people to keep the conversation open and to have a joint working approach for the good of the industry and Wales as a whole.
“Food has the power to bring people together and I am pleased to see so many of you here at our 16th farmhouse breakfast event at the Senedd.
“When we all come round the table, like we are here today, we create the opportunity to keep the conversation open and can discuss the future of our industry and the rural economies in Wales.
“We launched our Assembly Election Manifesto at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in December with a range of expectations for the incoming Welsh Government.
“But a lot has changed already and we will therefore be highlighting our essential priorities further in regards to what we believe should be our priorities- which is- to ensure a future of sustainable rural communities.
“Today is an important day. As we celebrate the high quality Welsh produce on offer right in the heart of Welsh Government, we are looking at the challenge of making Wales a more vibrant and sustainable nation.”
35 percent of Wales’ population are living in rural areas. The potential loss of the Common Agricultural Policy- aimed at supporting our rural communities and the agricultural businesses which lie at their coreshould be a major concern for us all, added Mr Roberts.
“If we are serious about having sustainable rural communities we need detailed research into Wales’ rural and wider economy, agriculture’s place within it, and the businesses which are reliant on agriculture.
“All of us have an important part to play in securing sustainable rural communities for the future and as a Union, with no political leaning whatsoever, we will work with any future Welsh Government to support the delivery of the well-being of the Future Generations Act.”