The UK government has been accused of failing Welsh farmers by pursuing significant cuts to the CAP budget.

Wales’ deputy minister for agriculture, Alun Davies, said he intended to continue to challenge budget cuts that jeopardise the livelihoods of Welsh farmers.

He described the government’s approach to CAP reform as his one major disappointment in a year which he believed had been “overwhelmingly positive” for Welsh agriculture.

The minister said he had made it clear to the government the approach it had adopted did not represent the Welsh viewpoint nor the perspective shared outside Westminster.

“The cuts that the UK government seeks in both CAP and in structural funds will not help support Welsh agriculture and will not stimulate the wider economy of rural Wales.”
Alun Davies, Welsh deputy minister for agriculture

“The cuts that the UK government seeks in both CAP and in structural funds will not help support Welsh agriculture and will not stimulate the wider economy of rural Wales,” said Mr Davies.

“The Welsh government will remain an active participant in talks aimed at agreeing a fair and balanced EU budget and I will continue to ensure the needs of rural Wales are heard whenever and wherever these decisions are taken.”

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