Welsh unions agree deal to tackle flooding

Farming unions in Wales have agreed a deal to work with the Welsh government on how best to tackle flooding.

The Farmers Union of Wales and NFU Cymru made the agreement with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) – formerly the Environment Agency Wales.

The unions will gather information from farmers in the areas worst-affected by flooding and will establish the financial impact on farm businesses.

The information will allow NRW to identify the best ways to manage flooding in these locations in the future.

Farmers will be expected to play their part too. They will be given advice on the practical steps they can take to reduce the flooding risk.

Graham Hillier of NRW said the impact of last year’s flooding had been devastating and crops had been destroyed. Considerable waterlogging and flooding had significantly affected the viability of some farms.

Mr Hillier described the partnership approach to alleviating future flooding as an important one.

He said the farming community could play a key role in the process by actively managing watercourses to complement NRW’s own work on main rivers.

The unions hope the new collaboration will result in practical and manageable solutions.

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