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We will not gamble with the future of agriculture and will support farmers in these uncertain times – First Minister

Tuesday August 13th, 2019

The Welsh Government will not gamble with the future of agriculture and will continue to support farmers beyond Brexit, First Minister Mark Drakeford and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths will say as they visit the summer showgrounds across Wales this week.Government Opportunities

In July, the Welsh Government published proposals for farm support after the UK leaves the EU. The new Sustainable Farm Scheme will provide farmers with a stable income stream, reward them for environmental outcomes and protect long term food producing capacity and the environment for future generations.

The First Minister and Minister will discuss the proposals with farmers, unions and other partners at the Pembrokeshire Show on Tuesday and at the Anglesey Show on Wednesday.

They will also discuss the increasing threat of the UK Government taking the country out of the European Union on 31 October without a deal and outline what the Welsh Government is doing to help the sector prepare for this.

Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths will also visit the Denbigh and Flint Show on Thursday.

Speaking ahead of the shows, First Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“It is clear the UK Government is recklessly careering towards a no deal Brexit and is oblivious to the devastating impact this would have, particularly in Wales.

Crashing out of the EU would be catastrophic for our agriculture sector and for our rural communities – not just in Pembrokeshire, Anglesey, Denbigh and Flint but right across Wales.

Taking no deal off the table is entirely in the UK Government’s hands – it must change course immediately to avoid this self-inflicted and potentially irreversible damage.”

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