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Young farmers' views on agriculture after Brexit examined

08 May 2018

The Welsh Affairs Committee continues its Brexit: agriculture, trade and the repatriation of powers inquiry with a session featuring members of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.

Welsh agriculture after the CAP

The agricultural sector in Wales employs 4.1% of the working population, which is more than twice the proportion of the total UK working population who are employed in agriculture. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show the value to Wales' economy from agriculture was £385m in 2016.

EU membership has set agricultural support and funding through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), trade arrangements through the single market, external tariffs and supply of labour to UK farms. Brexit means that decisions need to be made about what policy will replace this in the future.

The outcome of Brexit negotiations will undoubtedly impact upon Welsh agriculture, and wider trading trends. This session will allow the Committee to further explore the future of farming with those who will be working in the industry in the future. Members will consider key questions – such as whether to replace EU frameworks with Welsh-specific or UK-wide policies, and the implications of Brexit for future trade with EU and non-EU nations. Most importantly, they will gauge how young farmers view the future and whether they are excited about new opportunities or fearful for the long-term future of their livelihoods.

Witnesses

Tuesday 8 May 2018, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

From 2.15pm – YFC Wales:

  • Laura Elliott, Chairman
  • Dafydd Jones, Vice Chairman and Rural Affairs Chairman
  • Cennydd Jones, Senior Member of the Year
  • Jacob Anthony, Member
  • Caryl Hughes, Member

Chair's comments

Ahead of Tuesday's evidence session, Committee Chair David T.C. Davies said:

"Having heard first-hand from Welsh farmers about the possible challenges and opportunities that Brexit may present on our visit to Builth Wells, as well as a previous evidence session, the Committee will now hear from the future of Welsh farming.

We are looking forward to discussing their hopes for post-Brexit agricultural policy, as well as how levels of trade in Welsh food and drink might be protected and maintained."

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