TB eradication scheme must not lead to “flurry of regulations”

Welsh Conservatives say they will support an “all-encompassing” scheme to tackle bovine TB, but call for cast-iron guarantees that the Welsh Government’s new scheme won’t lead to extra red tape.

Responding to today’s statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs, Shadow Agriculture Secretary, Paul Davies, said:

“We want to see decisive action from the Welsh Government to tackle a disease that is having a devastating impact on Welsh farming. I am pleased that at long last the current Cabinet Secretary is starting to take the necessary steps to remove this disease from the wildlife population as well as tackling the disease in cattle.

“But we need to have cast iron guarantees that the Welsh Government’s change in approach won’t lead to a flood of red tape and regulation on farmers.

“Ultimately, additional pressure must not fall upon farmers, who have already suffered the effects of TB for too long.

“Welsh Conservatives will support an all-encompassing and holistic scheme to tackle TB but I hope we will not see extra regulation which would be hugely damaging for the industry.”