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A profitable, and sustainable future for Welsh Meat

Deputy Minister for Agriculture Alun Davies has stressed the importance of creating new export markets in Europe to boost the Welsh meat industry.
Thursday 08 November 2012

Speaking at the Hybu Cig Cymru annual conference, Mr Davies praised the work of the organisation in promoting Welsh meat both abroad and at home.

He said:

"I have recently seen at first hand the great work Hybu Cig Cymru has done in promoting Welsh lamb and beef at events in Italy and France. We all need to focus on the bigger picture. It is important not only to maintain existing contracts, but to find new ones home and abroad."

The Deputy Minister also stressed to the conference in Llandudno the importance of farmers further developing their business acumen. He said:

"Farmers should be encouraged to increase their business planning through training and mentoring, viewing training as an investment in their business rather than a cost."

Mr Davies said the Welsh Government would do its bit to support the Welsh meat industry by providing a strong voice in Europe.

"Currently, CAP is, as I have already made clear, the number one issue and priority for us all and will dominate proceeding for the next 18 months.

I am pressing for a ten year transition to the new area based payments to ensure Welsh farmers are given enough time to make changes. I believe that on CAP, as with so many other issues, the Welsh Government is pretty much on the same page as farmers in Wales and their representative bodies."

Mr Davies added:

"I am keen to build on the dialogue between the Welsh Government, farmers and their representatives, and partners across the supply chain so that we can all work together for the good of the industry. Making sure the industry has a confident, profitable, and sustainable future is something that everyone needs to work towards."



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