14 June 2002

Parry to quit FUW

FARMERS Union of Wales president, Bob Parry, is to quit in June 2003 after 12 years in the job.

The beef and sheep farmer from Bryngwran on Anglesey, who was re-elected unopposed for the next year at a meeting in Aberystwyth this week, said he would then stand down.

Mr Parry is the third farmer from the county to lead the FUW, and his stated reason for quitting was to allow a fresh face to take over at the top of the union. But union insiders acknowledge that recent farming crises, and the very poor road network in Wales which makes travelling difficult, have made the job much more stressful than in the past.

Meanwhile beef and sheep producer Gareth Vaughan, Dolfor, Powys, has been elected as the unions deputy president. The three vice presidents have been named as; Carmarthenshire organic farmer Bryan Walters, Monmouthshire-based farmer and chairman of Farmers First group Terry Bayliss and Welsh Black cattle breeder Emyr Jones from Merionethshire. &#42