FARMERS BEING KEPT IN DARK BY WELSH GOVERNMENT ON COVID-19

Concerns among farmers and rural communities about the impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on agriculture are not being addressed by the Welsh Government, Plaid Cymru have said.

Plaid Cymru North Wales AM and Shadow Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs Llyr Gruffydd has written to Welsh Government minister Lesley Griffiths after farmers got in touch to air their concerns about a lack of clarity from the Welsh Government.

Writing to the minister, Mr Gruffydd said especially in light of reducing milk and lamb prices, practical concerns about submitting Single Application Forms, the operation of livestock markets and increased use of public footpaths on farmland were all urgently addressed.

Plaid Cymru North Wales AM and Shadow Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs Llyr Gruffydd said,

“There are clearly many areas of concern ranging from what support is being made available by Welsh Government to support farm business viability.

“This is especially the case in light of reducing milk and lamb prices, practical concerns about submitting Single Application Forms, the operation of livestock markets and increased use of public footpaths on farmland.

“Clear communication is vital. If something is being done, it needs to be better communicated to the farming and wider rural community. We need to know what the Welsh Government is doing for agriculture.

“So far we have heard nothing – despite promises 10 days ago of a statement from the Minister. An urgent statement outlining actions to date and proposals moving forward is now long overdue.”

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