NFU Cymru has set out its priorities for what the union would like to see new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss deliver to enable a prosperous future for Welsh farmers.
The union has written to the new Prime Minister outlining the union’s five policy priorities for the new government.
NFU Cymru Chairman Aled Jones said: “I welcome Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister. We are in a time of significant change and challenge, but NFU Cymru looks forward to working with the new Prime Minister and his government to tackle these issues, capitalize on opportunities and ensure a profitable, productive and progressive future for the country. Welsh agriculture.
“NFU Cymru would like to see a firm commitment from the Prime Minister to a multi-year funding deal for Welsh agriculture. This commitment should, at a minimum, respect current funding levels.
“Given the sector’s dependence on export markets, particularly for our internationally renowned PGI Welsh beef and lamb, we would like to see the Prime Minister ensure that our routes to our main export markets , the EU in particular, are not hampered by any barriers to trade.
“Industry concerns about the impact of permitted imports in future trade deals – particularly those already in place with countries like Australia and New Zealand – are well documented. We want to see the Prime Minister lay out a plan outlining how his trade policy will support the growth agenda we have for our sector.
“Our farmers are able to play a leading role in delivering renewable energy to power a greener Britain, but constraints within current infrastructure prevent them from realizing this ambition. We want the next first Minister is committed to making funds available to make the necessary improvements to network infrastructure to help meet industry and government net zero goals.
“The impacts of the current energy crisis are hitting everyone in society and businesses are also being hit hard. Farm businesses are not immune to these impacts and we hear that members are having to swallow exorbitant costs, which are expected to increase later in the year.
“It is imperative that the new Prime Minister acts quickly to work with regulators and energy suppliers to address rising costs which are also affecting UK households and businesses.”