Farming Connect’s focus at this year’s Royal Welsh Show (23 – 26 July) will be to persuade farm and forestry businesses to tap into all the support, guidance and training that’s available in Wales through its unique ‘one stop shop’ multi-faceted programme, that is often the envy of other nations.
“There has never been a more important time for business owners to realise that if they take the necessary steps now and set themselves targets to reach peak performance levels by benchmarking with some of the top performing businesses, they will be better informed, be running more efficient businesses and better prepared to face the future,” says Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which delivers Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government.
“This could safeguard the future of many family businesses, because they’ll be sufficiently sustainable and resilient to meet future challenges, despite the uncertainties of leaving the EU.”
You’ll find Farming Connect in the Lantra building (Avenue K) where a team of regional development officers will be available daily to signpost visitors to the package of services, events and special projects that provide support for both business and personal development as the industry gears up for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Any farmers who have been putting off replacing the odd broken downpipe or poor guttering above a dirty yard, will be shocked by a display which demonstrates exactly how much money and time they are wasting, on top of the damage to their land, if they don’t effectively separate ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ water.
“This year’s show comes hot on the heels of the Welsh Government’s recently launched consultation on land management post Brexit, which refers to the need for farm businesses to be economically resilient and to manage their land efficiently.
“The control, collection and disposal of both clean and dirty water is one the basic measures which all farmers must address in order to save themselves time and money, reduce the damage to soil and swards and protect the wider environment,” said Mrs. Williams.
Farming Connect will showcase other profit-raising, efficiency-boosting ideas, all designed to help businesses improve their land management strategies in this year’s ‘technology corner’ where visitors will be encouraged to consider ways in which some of the newest and most useful ‘tools of the trade’, could save them valuable time and resources.