April 21, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

‘Welsh Government must heed the cries of help from Welsh farming’, says Mid and West Wales AM

NEIL HAMILTON AM, is backing NFU Cymru who are calling for more support for those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Hamilton says:

“Theunprecedented Covid-19 crisis is devastating businesses in virtually all sectors across Wales. Farmers, in particular, are coming under increasing pressure because several of their normal markets are no longer available to them.   The massive drop in demand has impacted on red meat, poultry, vegetables and dairy.

“Milk price to the farmer has dropped dramatically, farms are forced to sell at a loss and gallons and gallons of milk are having to be poured away.   Cows are at high productivity on all the spring grass and they cannot be furloughed; you cannot just turn the taps off and on again.

“We must protect the dairy sector with specific targeted support so that when lockdown ends milk will be readily available for us all.

“This is about more than protecting farmers, it is about saving the future of rural Welsh communities and economies.

 In a meeting with Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths, NFU Cymru De