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Сопругата на фармерот Ангарад Роуландс од фармата Росгох, Капел Дуви, близу Абериствит, со нејзините деца Анеурин (11), Марта (7) и Елан (3) и кучето Флос. Децата држат памучни кеси за кампања што може да се користат, кои ќе бидат бесплатно делени на штандот на FUW за време на пролетниот фестивал

Any new policies adopted by the EU Parliament following next week’s elections must ensure they have family farms at their heart, according to Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) President Emyr Jones.

Speaking on the eve of this weekend’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Jones said that between 22-25 May people across the EU will elect 751 MEPs who, alongside the Council of Ministers and the European Commission, will decide policies affecting our daily lives, more so for farmers than any other section of the community.

Jones was launching the FUW’s latest campaign ‘Supporting Family Farms Since 1955’ that coincides with this year’s UN International Year of Family Farming which is highlighting the potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger, preserve natural resources and promote sustainable development.

He added: “Given the diversity of climates, topography, cultures and economies across the EU, it is no surprise that even the most pro-Europeans can become frustrated with Brussels dictates which make no sense in a region such as Wales, while those bitterly opposed to the EU have a field day blaming all the ills of the world on our membership.

“Yet, despite the focus in the UK press on the issue of EU membership and where the balance of powers between Member States and Brussels should lie, reporting of the daily deliberations of the EU Parliament regarding issues which we might support, or bitterly oppose, remains scant at the most.

“This leaves members of the general public detached from the politics and policies they so often bemoan, allowing pro and anti-EU politicians to blame the EU whenever it suits their agendas to do so, and Governments to hide their own insatiable appetites for red tape behind the convenient scapegoat of EU Regulations.

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“With agriculture taking the most significant portion of the European budget, and bearing the brunt of so many disproportionate and costly regulations, Wales’ farmers must consider carefully the implications of all the options now being discussed.”

Тие опции се: да се дозволи ЕУ да продолжи по сегашниот курс, за кој многумина веруваат дека ќе доведе до Соединетите држави на Европа; да се обидеме да го вратиме на нешто слично на Заедничкиот пазар во кој гласавме да останеме дел во 1975 година или; целосно да се повлече, што ќе доведе до целосно враќање на суверенитетот, но без гарантиран пристап до нашите најважни пазари и заедничките земјоделски политики кои се дел и дел од тој пристап.

“The FUW’s current position is simply that we support EU membership – hardly surprising given that successive UK governments have made it clear that they wish to increase food imports from outside the EU and dismantle the CAP – a policy which provides essential incomes for Welsh farming families and ensures plentiful, safe and affordable food for EU citizens,” Jones added.

“And, of course, we need only look back to the 2001 FMD outbreak and the accompanying export ban to see the impact that being closed out of the common market has on prices.

“However, Welsh farmers have much to be aggrieved about when it comes to the suffocating and costly bureaucracy that emanates from the EU, and many wish for a return to the halcyon days when food production and common sense took priority over paperwork and illogical rules.

“Whatever our views, we must weigh up the implications of all options with our heads as well our hearts. Welsh agriculture and our rural communities currently rely on the CAP and access to EU markets, and those who wish to see us operating outside the EU must provide valid economic assessments and policies which set out how a collapse in rural incomes and food production would be avoided.

“We must also be aware that a renegotiation of powers could centre on the renationalisation of agricultural policies, with the focus not on reducing burdensome EU Regulations, but on implementing key recommendations from the 2005 Treasury/Defra “Vision for the CAP” – a blueprint for dismantling agricultural support and increasing food imports.

“Again, we need solid proposals and assurances that any renationalisation of powers will not lead to the collapse of Welsh agriculture and rural incomes.

“Those assessments, analyses and policies must have at the heart of them the Welsh family farm: farms which have the highest productivity per hectare, are responsible for the overwhelming majority of Welsh food production and form the backbone of our rural communities.”

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