Drakeford comments he had to justify agricultural spending in Cardiff ‘astonishing’, says Tory member of Senedd

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On the left, Samuel Kurtz. That’s right, Mark Drakeford.

A Tory member of Senedd called “astonishing” the Prime Minister’s comments to the Royal Welsh in which he said he would have to justify spending money on farmers to the people of Cardiff.

Mark Drakeford said farmers should ‘do things that taxpayers are willing to invest in’ and he should justify any expenses to ‘Bangladeshi taxi drivers’ in Cardiff.

“If you want to benefit from this money, if you want to benefit from the help of the Welsh taxpayer, you will have to find a way to fit into the scheme which allows me, as Prime Minister, to justify to the Bangladeshi taxi drivers of Riverside , where I live, why they should pay their taxes in order to support farmers in Wales,” he told the BBC.

Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Samuel Kurtz MS said he found it ‘astonishing’ the Prime Minister had appeared on the Royal Welsh show ‘to demonstrate a level of contempt for our farming industry’.

“Not only is agriculture a mainstay of the Welsh economy, it is the lifeblood of communities across the country, playing a central role in our culture and preserving the Welsh language,” he said.

“Welsh farmers contribute significantly to the economy of Wales, as the foundation of our £7billion food and drink industry as primary producers and as the backbone of the rural economy. at large.

“So when Mark Drakeford said farmers should be doing something taxpayers are willing to invest in, I would just say that without them our food and drink industry and our rural economy would suffer immense damage.

“I’ve said for a long time that farming needs a friend, and it seems Labor is making it very clear that they don’t want to be that friend. Welsh Tories will always support farmers in Wales.”

‘Food safety’

Responding to Prime Minister Mark Drakeford’s comments on Welsh farming this morning, Jane Dodds, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and member of the Mid & West Wales Senedd, said they were ‘disrespectful to the farming community’.

She added that they ‘show a lack of understanding on the part of Welsh work in both rural communities and the work that farmers do to put food on our plates’.

“Food security is vital for Wales, particularly given the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the growing food poverty in Wales,” she said.

“Farming is also vital to the Welsh economy, supporting a whole chain of other businesses in the rural economy in particular.”

Meanwhile, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for food production to remain at the center of the Welsh Government’s forthcoming Farming Bill to ensure that the Welsh farming industry and the rural communities it supports continue to thrive. prosper.

“The challenges facing the Welsh farming sector are enormous, but with the upcoming Farm Bill we have a real opportunity to create a plan in Wales that lives up to Wales,” said said Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds.

“Welsh farmers understand the threat of climate change with extreme weather conditions like the one we experienced last week posing a direct threat to their way of life and there are not many farmers I have met who do not understand the need to adapt to combat this threat.

“However, it is extremely important that we do not lose sight of the primary purpose of agriculture, which is to produce food for our nation and beyond.

“Recently the crisis in Ukraine has proven the importance of food security globally and here in the UK the cost of living crisis and growing food poverty further underline the importance of domestic food production.

“Welsh Labor must understand the importance of food production and food safety and include this in the next Farm Bill.”


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