Davies responds to Farming Minister's future land management and Agri Bill statement

Commenting on Lesley Griffiths’ statement today on the future land management programme and UK Agriculture Bill, Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Minister, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

“We welcome the agreement that has been reached between the UK and Welsh Government in relation to the UK Agriculture Bill, particularly regarding the distribution of the red meat levy which should now see more money making its way to promote the sector in Wales.

“Historically, Welsh farming has been placed at a huge disadvantage because of the diminishing slaughterhouse industry in Wales over the past few decades, with many farmers forced to use facilities across the border with vital funding ending up promoting the red meat sector in England.

“I’m therefore very pleased to see that arrangements will be made on the face of the Bill to ensure this imbalance in monies is now redressed to the benefit of farming and red meat in Wales.

“Unfortunately, the Minister’s update on Brexit and Our Land doesn’t move us any closer to providing a clearer picture for the industry in Wales, and we would encourage the Welsh Labour Government to undertake significant modelling on any potential scheme to ensure it does not end up falling flat on its face.”