The sun may still shine on us

by Glyn Roberts, FUW president

Welcome to the may edition of Y Tir! I’m sure many of you will be able to breathe a sigh of relief now that lambing is either finished or very close to being finished. The weather has been just as strange as the world of politics over recent months, with not just our lambs getting rained on. I certainly hope
that clarity for our sector will come soon, and that our farmers are not left standing in the cold with wet feet.

looking at FUW matters, our county staff are nearing the end of the SAF period and I would just like to say a very big thank you for their continued hard work. Their expertise, dedication to the union and the services they provide to members all through the year are something we can be proud of.

may kicks off the show season for us as well and I am sure I will see many of you over the course of the next few months out and about showing off your excellent livestock (dare I say that the Royal Welsh Show is only about 12 weeks away!). So, if you are at your local show, make sure to pop into the FUW tent for a chat on farming matters and a cuppa. This month we are also introducing our three new county executive officers, Alaw, euros and caryl Jones, who have taken up their new roles on Anglesey and in ceredigion. I’m really pleased to see the young people of the industry coming through the union and bringing with them such enthusiasm, talent, new ideas and also a wealth of on- farm knowledge.

I wish them the very best of luck in their new roles and am confident that we will be able to offer members brand new and improved services very soon. Watch this space!

Whilst I feel enthusiastic about matters on the union front, I’m less enthused by the political world. To say that we live in strange times, would be an understatement.

At the end of April the UK government challenged Scottish and Welsh Brexit legislation in a deepening constitutional dispute over who should have the final say on policy in areas such as fishing and farming when Britain leaves the eU. There seems to be no end to the political shenanigans!

And at the same time DeFRA’s latest consultation on the future of agriculture appears to be setting the tone for Wales, with payments for delivering public goods at the core. And so the plot thickens, the waters anything but sunny. get muddier and the outlook is

However, before I get too lost in gloom and doom theories about possible post-Brexit outcomes, I remind myself that this union is standing up for farmers in Wales, scrutinising Governments and fighting for not just the survival of farming but the survival of our way of life, economy and heritage. The sun may still shine on us.

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