Younger members of the Meirionnydd branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales were last week joined by the Welsh Government’s Head of Future Farming Policy, Gareth Wilson, during four successful farm visits in the eastern region of the county.
The visits had been arranged to highlight the concerns of younger farmers, and involved conversations with family members on the current state of the agricultural industry and the uncertainties and challenges ahead, particularly in terms of UK leaving the European Union.
FUW Meirionnydd County Chairman, Geraint Davies, who also chairs the FUW Younger Voice for Farming Committee said: “The farms visited represented a cross section of the industry in Meirionnydd, with some being run by owner occupiers, and others being tenanted farms or with land under grazing agreements.
“As well as discussing the farming enterprise on each of the farms, we considered the five core principles for the future of land and the people who manage it announced by by Lesley Griffiths AM in her statement in early May.”
Mr Davies said the the interpretation of “public goods” was discussed at length with many considering that high quality food production should constitute a public good.
“There was detailed discussion on schemes such as the Young People into Agriculture Scheme 2018 and the Farm Business Grants including a frank exchange of views.”
Mr Davies said the clear message from members was that getting farming to be an attractive career for young people should be an absolute priority, and that investing in our youth should be central to policy formation in the future.
Mr Davies thanked the families of Rhydgethin, Llandrillo; Tyucharllyn, Gwyddelwern; Gaergoed, Glanyrafon and Braich Du, Glanyrafon for having provided such a warm welcome and for highlighting important issues for the industry and young farmers.