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Local AM Celebrates Welsh Food

LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay called in to an Assembly event organised by NFU Cymru in Cardiff last Wednesday lunchtime to celebrate the best of Monmouthshire’s Welsh food and produce.

The event was also attended by celebrity Monmouthshire chef Stephen Terry of The Hardwick.

Nick Ramsay AM with chef Stephen Terry at the event last week in Cardiff.

Nick Ramsay AM with chef Stephen Terry at the event last week in Cardiff.

Speaking after the event Nick said:

“This event was a great way to help raise the profile of Monmouthshire’s excellent quality produce.

“We are blessed in Monmouthshire with some outstanding food destinations, and local chefs like Stephen Terry do an enormous amount to put our county on the map both nationally and internationally.

“I am delighted to support this campaign to make the most of the best produce our area has to offer and to promote it on the world stage where it can compete with the very best.”

MP TO UNDERTAKE PROGRAMME OF STUDY INTO FARMING INDUSTRY

DAVID Davies MP has undertaken the first in a series of farm study visits designed to get behind the economics of agriculture in Monmouthshire.

Mr Davies, who is working with NFU Cymru, aims to build on his knowledge of farming and develop a wider understanding of how the industry operates.

On Friday (5 June) he met with Lyndon and Liz Edwards, beef and sheep farmers from Dingestow, to discuss the current situation of the livestock sector in Wales.

They addressed issues including the regulation on the electronic identification of sheep, reporting timescales for sheep and cattle movements and the continued problem of bovine TB.

David Davies MP with Dingestow farmer Lyndon Edwards.

David Davies MP with Dingestow farmer Lyndon Edwards.

“My thanks go to Lyndon, Liz and NFU Cymru for such a productive and useful meeting,” said Mr Davies.

“Agriculture is a big part of the economy in Monmouthshire and I want to spend the next year getting right into the detail.

“It is clear that bovine TB remains a huge area of concern and this is something we absolutely need to get on top of by any method that is shown to work.

“We also need to look at electronic sheep identification in terms of gaining tolerances to the regulation and the three-day animal movement reporting rule, which fails to take into account weekends and Bank Holidays.

“I would very much like to continue with these MP farm days and look forward to visiting an arable farm to see some harvesting in a few months’ time.”

Lyndon Edwards added:

“We’re grateful to David Davies for coming out on-farm to meet with us and to hear our concerns.

“The agricultural industry forms the backbone of the local economy and sustains our rural communities in Monmouthshire.

“As farmers, we urge our MP to help argue our corner and to convince the government in Westminster of the need to deliver fiscal policies that can help support farming and food production through the volatility that’s affecting our businesses here in Monmouthshire and throughout the rest of Wales and the UK.”

AM supports campaign to save trees on farms

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is supporting an online campaign by Coed Cadw to fight proposed changes to EU regulations which, if implemented, could put tens of thousands of trees across Wales at risk and would affect around 20,000 Welsh farmers.

Under the EC Delegated Act, land with more than 100 trees per hectare  would be ineligible for the Basic Payment Scheme, which would mean that farmers who left their trees in place would be financially disadvantaged compared with those who took their trees out.

Mr Ramsay, who was present at a recent meeting with NFU Cymru when the issue was raised, said:

“Trees on farms are invaluable both for the farmer and for livestock and the environment. It makes no sense that the Welsh Government has been encouraging and offering grants to farmers to plant trees on their farms when, if current proposals are implemented, farmers will have to fell the trees in order to obtain subsidy. It is small wonder that farmers are becoming increasing frustrated and confused  by this paradoxical situation.

“I would urge the Welsh Government to amend its regulations and recognise the importance of clusters of trees and grazed woodland on our farms.”