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17th Jul

2017

TFA Cymru Media Release 17/19 – TFA Cymru Holds Productive Discussions with Welsh First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs

TFA Cymru Holds Productive Discussions with Welsh First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs

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Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths visits TFA Cymru Chairman, Dennis Matheson’s Farm.

The Tenant Farmers Association in Wales (TFA Cymru) has praised the Welsh Government for its positive engagement with the farming community in planning for Brexit.

TFA Cymru Chairman Dennis Matheson and TFA Chief Executive George Dunn were pleased to represent the interests of the tenanted sector in Wales at a meeting with First Minister Carwyn Jones and Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths on Wednesday of last week (12 July) followed by a personal visit by Lesley Griffiths to Dennis Matheson’s farm on Thursday (13 July).

“The First Minister did not mince his words over his frustration with the lack of engagement of the UK Government with the Devolved Administrations since the June election. He listened carefully to the concerns of the farming industry and gave an assurance that he would do his utmost to ensure a successful Brexit for the farming community in Wales which he identified as being vitally important to the economy, society and culture of Wales and in helping to meet the legislative objectives of improving the well-being of all people in Wales,” said Mr Matheson.

“TFA Cymru agrees with the First Minister on the need for a negotiated UK framework to be in place for agricultural policy, which is a devolved matter, to ensure the smooth operation of the UK market and the policy environment for farmers across the four parts of the United Kingdom. It is deeply concerning, with only a little over 20 months left before we formally leave the European Union, that so little progress has been made on this front. It had been hoped that greater clarity would have been evident following the publication of the Great Repeal Bill but this opportunity appears to have been missed by the UK Government,” said Mr Matheson.

“The Welsh Government is certainly well ahead in thinking through the implications of Brexit in comparison to the UK Government and it is time that Whitehall and Westminster picked up the pace and became more inclusive in its discussions,” said Mr Matheson.

“I was delighted to welcome Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths to my farm on Thursday of last week. I was able to show her first hand matters that impact uniquely upon tenant farmers and the challenges faced by livestock farmers in an upland environment. We discussed a range of issues including bovine TB, slurry storage, Glastir and of course Brexit. Her openness and willingness to engage on all of these issues was immensely refreshing,” said Mr Matheson.

“Since its formation, TFA Cymru has sought to ensure that the voice of the tenanted sector of agriculture in Wales was heard at the highest level of Government and I’m pleased to say that is exactly what we are achieving,” said Mr Matheson.

Ref: MR 17/19 Date: 17 July 2017

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