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Students join FUW for Brexit seminar

FUW President Glyn Roberts: With Harper Cymru Chairman Sean Jeffreys, Dr Helena Bird and FUW Head of Policy Dr Nick Fenwick
FUW President Glyn Roberts: With Harper Cymru Chairman Sean Jeffreys, Dr Helena Bird and FUW Head of Policy Dr Nick Fenwick

STUDENTS from Harper Adams University’s Harper Cymru Committee joined the Farmers’ Union of Wales for a seminar on the possible implications of Brexit for agriculture recently.

Speaking at the seminar, held on Monday, November 28 at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, were FUW Head of Policy Dr Nick Fenwick and Welsh Government Agricultural Strategy Lead Dr Helena Bird.

Dr Fenwick and Dr Bird provided updates on the complex picture which was developing with regard to agricultural and trade policies since the EU referendum, and the respective views of the FUW and Welsh Government on these.

Harper Cymru Chairman Sean Jeffreys said: “53% of the people of Wales voted to leave, so I believe we must honour the vote. However, access to the Single Market is of paramount importance to the Welsh red meat industry, with over a third of our sheep meat being produced ending up in the EU.

“It’s important to bear in mind the growing markets of the world where we can gain some ground and export the wonderful Welsh food we produce.”

Mr Jeffreys described the situation as both uncertain and exciting at the same time.

“I’d like to thank the FUW for their time and generosity, and also Helena Bird from the Welsh Government for giving her time to speak with us.”

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