Snow-hit farmers: Time for Minister to listen & act

The Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs has reasserted her calls for further financial aid for struggling snow-hit farmers following multi-million pounds aid announced by the Scottish Government.


The Welsh Conservative call follows last night’s meeting between the Natural Resources Minister and farmers in Bala. A group of at least 20 walked out of the meeting after presenting a letter calling for the Minister’s resignation.


Their concerns follow a continuing refusal to provide additional financial support to upland farmers fighting for their livelihoods following recent severe weather.


For many, significant numbers of stock have been lost, sheds have collapsed, field fences remain down and feed costs are up.


Last week the Scottish Government announced an additional six million pounds aid package for farmers badly hit there.


Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Antoinette Sandbach AM, said:


“I understand the immense frustration felt by these farmers and I continue to plead with the Minister to respond appropriately.


“His current response has been slow, insensitive, and completely unacceptable.


“Last night’s walk-out should act as a very real warning for a relatively new Minister who has lost the confidence and trust of the very people he should be representing and supporting.


“While Scotland acts, Wales stands still. It is unfair and unjust – and there is a very real prospect of more farms going to the wall due to this government’s unwillingness to listen.”