LETTER – The return of agricultural fairs is vital for rural agriculture

It seems like only yesterday we were getting ready for the Royal Welsh Show, writes Gwawr Parry of NFU Montgomeryshire.

Now that it’s over for another year, we look forward to the return of county broadcasts across Wales after a hiatus in many cases due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meeting our members and the public is extremely important to NFU Cymru and that’s why we attend industry exhibitions and agricultural shows across the country throughout the year.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with local politicians and gives us the opportunity to have really impactful conversations with your local representatives at the local level, at home in their constituencies.

We tailor our presence to maximize networking, education and hospitality opportunities – giving you the best opportunity to meet NFU Cymru staff and officials in a welcoming environment.

It is so vital as a union that we have a large and visible presence at these shows, as this allows us to speak with the general public and answer any questions they may have about the industry.

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We have the chance to really introduce people to the best of Welsh agriculture and in some of the more urban areas it is the only chance for some people to learn more about where their food comes from and how excellent work that farmers do to provide quality food, while protecting and enhancing the environment.

Farming can be a very isolating and lonely occupation, with many farm workers spending long hours alone and working in remote situations.

Solitary work in agriculture is commonplace, and while many may enjoy and thrive in solitary work environments, it can come with increased risk.

These county shows are especially important for farmers to meet other people, especially after the social isolation of the past two years. It will be great to see people face to face again and catch up after such a long period of separation. There really is nothing better than a chat over a cup of tea and a cookie and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Please come to the NFU Cymru booth at your local trade show for refreshments and to speak with staff and officials who will be more than happy to welcome you back

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