The FUW has welcomed the appointment of Mark Drakeford as the new Welsh Labour leader, who has taken over as First Minister from Carwyn Jones. Following the announcement FUW president Glyn Roberts said: “The FUW has an obligation to work with all political parties and Governments of the day to secure our members’ futures, and to oppose those actions or proposals we believe would be detrimental to our industry.
“Over the years our relations with Welsh Governments have delivered positive results for both farmers and governments as well as for the wider economy of Wales and we very much hope that we will be able to work with Mark Drakeford to continue this record.
“There can be little doubt that the vast majority of the core objectives of the FUW and the Welsh Government have been aligned, not least in terms of protecting Welsh livelihoods, sustaining and creating Welsh jobs, and improving Welsh prosperity and sustainability. We are also closely aligned in terms of the Well-being of Future Generations Act where farming can and does play such an important role.
“As we face serious challenges as a result of Brexit and also proposals to review the ways that farmers are supported in delivering for the nation, I want to remind Mr Drakeford that this union is fully prepared to work with him and his Government to co-produce optimal solutions for Wales.”
The FUW looks forward to working with Mark Drakeford and the Government that he will lead and hopes to discuss how #FarmingMatters in the near future.