Speaking at the event the Deputy Minister said:
“In Wales we are committed to the vision of an agricultural industry that is strong, sustainable and capable of supporting vibrant rural communities across Wales, providing jobs and growth whilst supporting the environmental and sustainable responsibilities.
As far a food and nutrition is concerned we cannot just look at farming. We have to consider the supply chain too. From farm to fork, we often say.”
Mr Davies took the opportunity to reiterate his strong position on CAP and his commitment to working constructively with Ministers in London and counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland to deliver a viable outcome for the UK and for Wales.
“Ensuring farmers in Wales have the support they need is important to me. The Welsh Government has been an active participant in talks aimed at agreeing a fair and balanced EU budget. I will continue to ensure that the needs of rural Wales are heard whenever and wherever these decisions are taken.
The Welsh Government is determined that the next CAP is good for Welsh farmers, good for rural Wales and good for Welsh consumers. This is too important to risk by playing games with a regressive and depressing approach.”
Mr Davies’ key message to the forum was the need for a fairer CAP, meaning proper decision-making in Wales for Welsh farmers and smooth transition for farmers from old payment mechanism to new ones.
“What we need in terms of fairness is a smooth and predictable transition period that allows farmers to plan their cash-flow and adjust their business models.
“We do not want to see poverty, bankruptcy and land abandonment. We want to see farmers who can plan their businesses, go from strength to strength and support their local community.”