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Young farmers given direct access to Welsh ministers

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Staff Writer | January 24, 2018
Wales' young farmers are set to work alongside government ministers to help develop future agricultural policy as part of a new forum.
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Britain   A £6m grant scheme has been announced
Members will have access to senior politicians and officials, BBC Wales reported.

A £6m grant scheme has also been announced to develop leadership skills amongst young and new entrants to farming.

The Welsh Government said it would help prepare the industry for the opportunities and challenges of Brexit.

Farming unions had been calling for an action plan for young farmers, raising fears the industry could become "stagnant" without new blood.

The latest Welsh Government figures indicate an ageing workforce - the average owner of a farm holding in Wales is over 60 years old and just 3% are under 35.

Launching the new forum and fund at the Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) annual farmhouse breakfast in Cardiff Bay, Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths said supporting the next generation was one of her key priorities.

"Both initiatives will sit alongside wider Welsh Government support for both young and other new entrants such as Farming Connect and the Farm Business Grant."

"Whilst there are many challenges for agriculture in Wales, I remain confident there are opportunities to develop a profitable and resilient industry that will benefit Wales' future generations."