The Farmers' Union of Wales' Meirionnydd branch today (Wednesday August 25) appealed to farmers to take advantage of the Welsh Assembly Government's (WAG) new scheme to assist those hit by difficulties obtaining broadband reception.

The £2m funding scheme, announced early last month, offers support up to a maximum of £1,000 for individual premises.

FUW Meirionnydd county chairman Robert Wyn Evans said it was important for members to be aware of this scheme as there were many broadband "not-spots" in the county and many other parts of rural Wales.

The union has already assisted members in the Cwmtirmynach, Bala area who are preparing quotations to accompany the completed application forms to WAG.

Mr Evans said broadband was now becoming essential to farmers with so many requiring the facility for reporting cattle movements, completion of VAT returns and many other services.

"Many see access to the internet as critical for living and working in rural areas such as Meirionnydd, and we warmly welcome this initiative from the Assembly Government," Mr Evans added.

He also revealed that FUW county branch staff would assist members with the scheme's booklets and information at its stand at today's (Wednesday August 25) Merioneth County Show in Harlech.