Making the key note speech at NFU Cymru’s annual conference, the Deputy Minister said that working in partnership with the industry to build on its current successes was key to ensuring a strong industry is left behind for future generations.
Alun Davies said:
"Change and opportunity for me reflects perfectly the position the industry is in now and will be in for the next few years.
"There are massive changes ahead and it is important that the industry, working with the support of the Welsh Government and key stakeholders such as NFU Cymru, prepares properly to face the changes and grasp the opportunities that such a period of huge change will bring."
At the conference Mr Davies discussed the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and his important role fighting for a good deal for Welsh farmers in Europe. He also said that the Welsh Government is working closely with the farming industry on modelling work to show how the proposed changes to area based payments might affect the farming industry.
Mr Davies said:
"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. By the beginning of next year I will set out the main elements of the schemes that we will aim to deploy in Wales. 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."