Brexit and rural crime the hot topics as AM meets local farmers

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Local Assembly Member, Adam Price met with members of NFU Wales and the Black Mountain Graziers Association last week to discuss rural crime and the agricultural industry post-Brexit.

Garry Williams of Blaencennen Farm, Llangadog, hosted a meeting at his farm.

With Welsh farmers receiving 80% of their subsidies under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, and UK Agriculture Secretary Michael Gove announcing that farmers will have to "earn their subsidies" following Brexit, Welsh farmers work in a cloud of uncertainty as the UK enters into the Brexit negotiations.

Wales differs from the rest of the UK in that it is a net exporter to the European Union, with farmers exporting three-quarters of their produce to the EU markets, including 90 per cent of exported lamb.

With WTO tariffs on trade between 40% and 80% on exports of beef and lamb after leaving the single market, the future of Welsh farming hangs in the balance.

As well as Brexit, rural crime and the recent local conviction for sheep rustling was discussed.

Members of the Black Mountain Graziers Association are concerned that the sentence was far too lenient and is not enough of a deterrent to others in future. The Association has asked Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards to raise the situation with the UK Government's Attorney General.


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