Andrea Leadsom listens to local farmers' concerns

By GEM Staff Reporter in Farming

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP, has met local NFU Cymru members on a farm in Wenvoe to discuss issues facing the Welsh agricultural industry.

She was joined by Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP for the Vale.

The visit was followed by two meetings in Cardiff Bay. The first, led by Mr Cairns and the Welsh Office, was attended by NFU Cymru officeholders and staff. The second round table meeting, organised by the Welsh Government and headed by Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, was attended by NFU Cymru president, Stephen James.

Mr James said: “The visit and subsequent meetings, which were extremely positive and constructive, gave us the opportunity to impress upon Ms Leadsom the importance of trade and export markets, particularly as 90 per cent of our food and drink exports and over a third of our lamb crop is exported to the EU.

“Losing access to those markets, even if it was for a short period, or being hindered by tariffs or non-tariff barriers would be extremely damaging to Wales.

“We also spoke about future support and the need for parity with our counterparts across the UK and the EU. Another key part of the discussion was over the subject of labour and access to a reliable workforce.”

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