The Welsh Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee has criticised Conservative Ministers in Westminster for refusing to engage on agricultural policy.
Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, rejected the invitation to speak at the committee. George Eustice, the Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has cancelled an appearance.
Commenting, Kirsty Williams said:
“There is a huge amount of uncertainty about agriculture in Wales. Andrea Leadsom began her job by saying hill farmers should “do the butterflies”. The future of EU subsidies has not been guaranteed. The potential impact of a trade deal with New Zealand for Welsh lamb has not yet been addressed. This is the latest example of the Conservatives failing to engage with Welsh interests, and I am worried this attitude will lead to Wales losing out”.
“Securing the future of agriculture will require cooperation between Westminster and the Welsh Assembly, and I urge Ms Leadsom and Mr Eustice to rethink their approach”.