Speaking at the Royal Welsh Show, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for the UK Government to ensure Welsh farmers receive not a penny less after Brexit.
Farm funding for Wales will continue at current levels for 2018 and 2019, before a gradual transition to a new system takes place between 2020 and 2025.
Whilst the UK Government has guaranteed support for English farmers will continue at current levels until 2022, there is currently no clarity as to the levels of farm funding after 2022.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Agriculture Cllr William Powell commented:
We can all talk about how much we value Welsh farmers, but what use are these words unless we back them up with concrete action that improves farmers’ lives?
Welsh farmers have unique needs. They deserve a support system that’s tailored to their unique needs, not one imposed on them that only works for larger, English farms.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Rural Affairs Mark Williams said:
We all know the vital role farmers have as drivers of rural economies and custodians of the natural environment. Farmers can only fulfil these roles with adequate financial support.
If we want rural communities to flourish, we must start by giving our farmers the support they need.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds added:
During the 2016 referendum Welsh farmers were clearly promised that farm funding would be protected after Brexit. That promise must be honoured and we will continue to fight to ensure this promise is kept.