The Farmers’ Union of Wales highlighted that farmers in Wales and the UK are at the top of their game and reached out to people to strengthen the relationship between producer and consumer at the Labour Party annual Spring conference in Llandudno.
FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “We had a great time here today at the Labour Party conference reaching out to people and telling them about the fantastic work our farmers do every day of the year. Our farmers are the top of the crop and produce fantastic food for us 365 days a year.
“It was also a fantastic opportunity to remind people of the important work our farmers do – they don’t just produce food, which is recognised worldwide for its superb quality, taste and outstanding animal health and welfare standards but they are the custodians of the countryside we all love so much.
“Our farmers manage 1.8 million hectares of land in Wales; that’s over 80% of the land area in Wales and the Welsh countryside that is managed by your local farmer provides the backdrop for the tourism industry which is worth over £2.5 billion.
“And farming is also the cornerstone of the £6.1 billion Welsh food and drink supply chain industry, which employs 76,000 people in the food and farming sector. It’s worth remembering that all of this also helps to retain our young people in rural communities.
“That’s why it is so important to remind people that #FarmingMatters and why the FUW continues to strive for the right deal for our farming communities once we make an exit from the EU.”
In addition, the FUW was pleased to host the launch a new partnership ‘Llafur Cefn Gwlad – Labour Friends of Farming’ at its stand. The partnership between the Labour party and the Farmers’ Union of Wales, aims to stress the importance of backing the industry as the UK exits the European Union.
“The FUW is delighted to be a part of this new partnership. It is essential that we all work together to get the backing for agriculture we desperately need once we make an exit from the EU and I hope that through this initiative we will get the message that #FarmingMatters across to key decision makers,” added Mr Roberts.