UK Ministers engage with Wales’ rural economy in virtual Royal Welsh Show discussion
UK Government Ministers David T.C. Davies and Victoria Prentis co-hosted a Q&A session with representatives from the farming and agricultural sector in Wales as part of the virtual Royal Welsh Show.
The conversation focussed on how the UK Government can work with the industry to combat the negative impact of the coronavirus and work towards economic recovery, while delivering a Brexit that works for Welsh farmers and consumers.
The UK Government has also recently launched its ‘bounce back’ plan of measures to support agriculture, food and drink industries to recover from the coronavirus.
The package includes a programme of physical and virtual events which have been tailored to help a variety of businesses to get back into international markets and start growing market share once again.
UK Government Minister in Wales David T.C. Davies said: “While the Royal Welsh Show has moved to an online platform this year, it is more important than ever to listen to the voices of those from the agricultural and farming sectors as we seek to rebuild our economy following the coronavirus and maximise the potential of leaving the EU.
The UK Government recognises the importance of the rural economy to Wales’ prosperity and I look forward to working closely together with representatives from the sector to ensure the thoughts and opinions discussed today are reflected in our decision-making and future direction.
Defra Farming Minister Victoria Prentis added: “I am delighted to have been able to hear from representatives of Welsh agriculture and farming industries at this year’s virtual Royal Welsh Show, which is truly a testament to the adaptability of these sectors in the current challenging times.
“We will always back farmers across all four corners of the UK and we will make sure they can seize the opportunities outside of the EU.
“This includes taking advantage of the growing global demand for our great British produce, such as for our world-famous Welsh lamb.”