NEIL Hamilton, AM for Mid & West Wales and Leader of UKIP Wales, is urging ambitious agriculturists to take advantage of an opportunity to travel and learn more about their industry.

Mr Hamilton, a keen supporter of rural affairs and agriculture, is calling on people in his Region to apply for the Hybu Cig Cymru, HCC scholarship worth £3,000. Applicants who are successful will spend up to six weeks studying the sheep, beef or pork industry in a country of their choice.

Mr Hamilton said: “This a wonderful opportunity for anyone involved in the red meat sector, including farmers and butchers, to learn more about agriculture and farming methods in other parts of the world.

“This annual scholarship has given many people the chance to travel abroad to improve their businesses, visit producers and find out more about the global industry.

“In the past successful applicants have travelled as far as New Zealand and America, to learn more about things like beef grading and techno grazing on upland farms.

“These days it is more important than ever to gain a wider knowledge of the agricultural sector and it is great to see such opportunities available for people in Wales.

“I would urge anyone interested to make sure they apply.”

HCC offers this annual scholarship to applicants, of any age, who are employed on a full time basis within the Welsh red meat industry and who will, in the opinion of the interview panel, be able to make an ongoing contribution to the industry.

Successful scholars must prove, through a selection process, why it would be of benefit to them as individuals and to the Welsh industry in general if they were selected.

They will be expected, on their return, to present details and findings to the farming industry and also undertake a series of presentations to farmer groups.

Applications to study a specific topic within the red meat sector, are sought from anyone involved in agriculture such as farmers, butchers, researchers or those working within the industry in Wales.

The closing date for applications is Monday June 17 2019. For further information please visit the HCC website.

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