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Plaid Cymru welcomes First Minister’s commitment to FWAG Wales services

28/11/2021

Plaid Cymru AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd has welcomed the First Minister’s commitment to working to ensure that the services of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) in Wales continues despite the demise of FWAG UK.

Questioning the First Minister in the Assembly today Mr Gruffydd urged him to do everything possible to support the efforts of the FWAG Wales team to establish a new entity that could continue to deliver its contracted services as part of Farming Connect in Wales.

The Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has also written on behalf of the committee to the Deputy Minister for Agriculture requesting that he gives consideration to any form of support that could be given to FWAG Wales to enable the continued provision of the valuable work that they do for Welsh farmers.

In response to the question from Mr Gruffydd in the Assembly on Tuesday, the First Minister said that he would work with the Deputy Minister to ensure that the services continue.

Plaid Cymru’s Rural Affairs spokesperson Llyr Huws Gruffydd said:

“I am encouraged by the First Minister’s commitment to look into the future of FWAG in Wales as a matter of urgency and to give consideration to any support that could be given to enable the continuation of the valuable work that they do for Welsh farmers.

“FWAG Wales believe they can sustain themselves as a Wales-based organisation but they have now automatically gone into administration as part of the UK organisation. They have very serious concerns about the effect of going into administration on their current contract to deliver Farming Connect Services. If the contract is lost, this could have a big impact on whether a separately established FWAG Wales entity would be sustainable.

“The Welsh Government must do everything in its power to ensure that the important services provided by FWAG Wales are still made available to Welsh farmers.”