The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) met with Plaid Cymru spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Agriculture Cefin Campbell MS yesterday (Tuesday, November 23), to discuss the recently announced Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru Co-operation Agreement.

Speaking after the meeting with the Mid and West Wales Senedd Member, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “There were clear distinctions between the aspirations of Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru in their manifestos in the spring, but given the current balance of votes in the Senedd, Labour was willing to negotiate on a range of issues.

“We discussed this with Mr. Campbell and the fact that there was a unanimous decision by Senedd Members back in June to review the regulations - a process currently being undertaken by the Senedd Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee.

We will therefore monitor developments and seek to ensure proportionate and targeted actions that do not unfairly impact on farmers.

“We are grateful to Mr. Campbell for giving his time this morning to discuss issues which have a direct impact on agriculture and agricultural communities.

“We remain committed to monitoring the implementation of this agreement, if it is passed by party members, or any other developments in order to seek the best future for our family farms," Roberts concluded.

Labour-Plaid cooperation

The Co-operation Agreement 20201 announced on Monday, November 22, brings together the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru in a ‘collective effort’ to deliver a ‘new type of politics’.

Labour and Plaid Cymru will work together over the next three years on policies in which they have common interest, to implement progressive solutions.

These policies include: net-zero; biodiversity targets; tree planting; agricultural pollution; the Sustainable Farming Scheme; flood review; and community food strategy.