THE annual FUW breakfast function held at the Senedd in Cardiff on January 26 was a success once again. Joining union members and staff and other guests for the event, sponsored by Paul Davies AM and Hybu Cig Cymru, were Muslim Council for Wales secretary general Saleem Kidwai and deputy food and farming minister Rebecca Evans. Addressing nearly 100 breakfast guests, FUW president Glyn Roberts emphasised the need for people to keep the conversation open and to have a joint working approach for the good of the industry and Wales as a whole.
“Food has the power to bring people together and I am pleased to see so many of you here at our 16th farmhouse breakfast event at the Senedd. “When we all come round the table, like we are here today, we create the opportunity to keep the conversation open and can discuss the future of our industry and the rural economies in Wales.
“We launched our Assembly Election Manifesto at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in December with a range of expectations for the incoming Welsh Government. “But a lot has changed already and we will therefore be highlighting our essential priorities further in regards to what we believe should be our aim to ensure a future of sustainable rural communities. “Today is an important day. As we celebrate the high quality Welsh produce on offer right in the heart of Welsh Government, we are looking at the challenge of making Wales a more vibrant and sustainable nation.” Thirty-five per cent of Wales’ population are living in rural areas, Mr Roberts added. “The potential loss of the Common Agricultural Policy – aimed at supporting our rural communities and the agricultural businesses which lie at their core – should be a major concern for us all. “If we are serious about having sustainable rural communities we need detailed research into Wales’ rural and wider economy, agriculture’s place within it and the businesses which are reliant on agriculture. “All of us have an important part to play in securing sustainable rural communities for the future and as a union with no political leaning whatsoever, we will work with any future Welsh Government to support the delivery of the well-being of the Future Generations Act.”