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26th Apr

2017

TFA Media Release 17/13 – Welsh Government Off-line Over Communications

Welsh Government Off-line Over Communications

TFA Cymru Chairman, Dennis Matheson has highlighted the need for Welsh Government to have good channels of communication with the farming community particularly in light of the major changes that are likely to occur as a result of the UK leaving the European Union.

“Many farming businesses within Wales operate in very remote circumstances with poor access to IT and broadband connectivity.  The modern way of communicating is through online platforms which we in TFA Cymru are all for but this must not be at the expense of allowing those without access to this technology to miss out on important messages,” said Mr Matheson.

“It has become abundantly clear that the decision made last year by the previous Welsh Government administration to cease publication of the paper version of Gwlad, the Welsh Government’s newsletter for farm and forestry businesses and all those involved in agriculture, was a major mistake.  This was a primary resource of information for many within the farming community who are now not able to access the online only content,” said Mr Matheson.

“All sectors of the rural community are unanimous that the decision to abandon the paper version of Gwlad has had a major negative effect on the dissemination of important information in a timely manner.  Farming organisations, such as TFA Cymru, do their best to ensure to pass on information but with a large proportion of farmers belonging to no organisation this is an unsatisfactory situation leaving many farmers with no idea about impending legislative changes until, only too often, it is too late,” said Mr Matheson

“In light of the many new initiatives now coming forward and the many more in the pipeline as a result of Brexit, I would urge the new Cabinet Secretary to reverse the decision of her predecessor and reinstate the paper version of Gwlad so that all farmers are kept informed of any new rules, regulations, schemes and policy initiatives which might affect their businesses”, said Mr Matheson.

 

Ref:  MR 17/13                                                                                   Date: 26 April 2017

Notes for Editors:

For further information contact Dennis Matheson on 01691 780584 or Adriana Vaux, TFA Cymru Adviser on 0118 930 6130 or Harley Coles, TFA Communications and Events Co-ordinator on 0118 930 6130 or 07887 777157.

 

 

 

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