The impact of hard Brexit is just starting to be felt, says agriculture chief

The impact of a much harsher form of Brexit than promised has restricted access to key agricultural export markets on the continent in a way that is only starting to be felt, according to the President from FUW, Glyn Roberts, in her year-end speech.

Mr Roberts also said the ongoing Covid pandemic had changed lives beyond recognition – “underlining the fragility of global food supply chains and the importance of a strong agricultural sector in which our domestic markets should be able to count for consumer products ”.

And he claimed that the Welsh Government’s response to the uncertainty and challenges facing the agricultural sector had been at times bewildering and counter-intuitive, “especially with regard to its appetite for drastic increases in costs and restrictions on everything. by advocating untested and untested reforms of support policies ”.

“However, in the context of the environmental work carried out by our farmers, there was frustration, as members directly felt the weight not only of climate change, but also of the inaction of the authorities,” he said. declared.

“The introduction of the Water Resources (Agricultural Pollution Control) (Wales) Regulation 2021… can still only be described as a blatant betrayal of the industry and we hope the committee now considering it will rectify.

“Earlier this year and in a show of unity, we joined forces with NFU Cymru and Wales YFC and called on Minister MS Lesley Griffiths to pause and reconsider what future policy should to offer to the people of Wales.

‘Meanwhile, the UK government’s cuts to Welsh rural funding – in direct contradiction to promises repeatedly made by those who have advocated Brexit – have increased pressure on agriculture, the rural economy and government Welsh.

“The FUW continues to make it clear that family farms in Wales are at the center of our economy, culture and rural landscapes, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of businesses involved in the Welsh food industry.

“We have been making no secret of how we view the prospect of liberal trade deals with countries like New Zealand and Australia and have consistently raised these concerns.”

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