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Concerted rural strategy needed says Plaid Cymru politicians

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farming-walesJONATHAN EDWARDS MP and Simon Thomas AM called for a concerted rural strategy to ensure the continued health of the Welsh agricultural sector yesterday (Aug 12).

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution has reported a growing number of Welsh working farming families requiring financial support to make ends meet, as the Farmers’ Union Wales highlighting the worsening plight of dairy farmers in Wales.

Insecurity within the Welsh farming sector continues, with the future of Welsh agricultural exports to the European Single Market, worth £200 million a year to Welsh farming, uncertain, alongside political uncertainty from both Labour and Conservative politicians over the future of agriculture in the post-Brexit climate.

Reacting to The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institutions’ findings, Jonathan Edwards said:

“Welsh agriculture is facing an uphill challenge.  The situation is simply not good, and those that ignore the growing sense of crisis in Welsh agriculture do so at the peril of the Welsh economy.

“The findings of The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is just further evidence that in the post-Brexit climate, a clear and concerted strategy is required to steer Welsh agriculture on a secure and prosperous path.

“The noises from the Westminster parties are not reassuring, with Labour viewing Welsh agriculture as a target for cuts following Brexit and the Conservative party seeing Welsh agriculture through an unworkable one-size-fits all viewpoint.  Welsh agriculture is fundamentally different to that of England, and needs financial support to advance Welsh agriculture’s efficiency and capacity.

“Plaid Cymru recognises the Welsh family farm as a core component of not only our economy, but also of our environment and nation.  A clear, decisive approach by the Welsh Government is needed to promoting Welsh agriculture, securing funding mechanisms where needed and opening new trade opportunities for Welsh farmers to market their goods.”

Shadow Cabinet member for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas, who launched a consultation on new agricultural policy at Sioe Môn, added:

“A Plaid Cymru Welsh Government could adopt a broader economic approach to supporting rural Wales by including funding for broadband infrastructure and a support mechanism for farmers that recognises the value they bring to maintaining the environment and landscape we value.

“The Party of Wales is prepared to fight for farmers and the rural economy, let’s see if those who argued for exiting the EU deliver on their promises.

“I urge people to make their views known on the principles that could underpin a wholly Welsh agriculture and rural environments support system.”

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Whitland Carnival 2019

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DECORATED floats And walkers took to the streets of Whitland on Saturday July 3 for The Annual Carnival. The parade through the streets terminated at The Town’s Park for judging and entertainment.
Photo credit: Malcolm Richards Photography.

The Toy Story Float.

The Harrison Public House

The Over 75s

Stars of the 80s

50 years of Scooby Doo

Steffan and Anwen Walters

Celebrating 50 years since Man on Moon

John and Gaynor take one Giant leap.

Whitland Fairy Queen and attendants.

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Prestigious Green Flag awarded to Pembrey Country Park

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Pembrey Country Park has become the only place in Wales to hold a Blue Flag and a Green Flag, owing to its fantastic environment and friendly welcome.

The Park has been a long-time holder of the prestigious Blue Flag for Cefn Sidan Beach, but has for the first time been awarded a Green Flag by Keep Wales Tidy in recognition of achieving the international mark of a quality park.

Over 220 parks and green spaces have met the high standards needed to receive the coveted award on sites as diverse as urban parks, housing estates, university campuses and farms.

Whilst Pembrey Country Park has won the full award, three other Carmarthenshire attractions have won community awards – Pontyberem Park, Troserch Woodland and the National Wool Museum Dye Garden.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, helped raise the flag at Pembrey Country Park on Tuesday.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Pembrey Country Park, and we are proud to be the only place in Wales to hold both the Green and Blue Flags – a sign of the quality attraction we have here in Carmarthenshire,” he said.

“We are lucky to have this beautiful space on our doorstep, which is enjoyed by thousands of local families as well as tourists who flock to the park to enjoy its stunning scenery and attractions.”

To be awarded, the park has to meet international standards in key areas, including being welcome, healthy, safe and secure; being well maintained and clean, with well-managed environment and biodiversity; involving the community in maintaining the landscape and heritage of the park; as well as management, marketing and communication.

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. It is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating this year’s Green Flag Awards at Pembrey Country Park. It’s particularly special as this is the only site to hold both a Blue Flag and Green Flag this year – a huge achievement for the team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by these two international awards.

“You have amazing sites on your doorstep. Make the most of the summer and explore your local award-winning parks and green spaces.”

A full list of award winners can be found on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru

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New First Minister announces his cabinet

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HE FIRST MINISTER FOR WALES, Mark Drakeford, has today announced his new look cabinet to lead Wales. The First Minister said: “It is an enormous privilege for me to be appointed First Minister of Wales. Every leader needs a strong team around them, and I am delighted to introduce my new cabinet which is a strong mix of experience, talent and passion.

“Brexit is our greatest challenge.  In the extraordinary and regrettable circumstances created by the UK Government, it is vital that we prepare for all outcomes. I have retained Ministers in posts where their experience of Brexit preparation is key, while creating a new post to reflect the priority I attach to international relationships and trade.

“As a government we will continue to speak up for Wales, to fight our country’s corner and make sure the government in London is never in any doubt at all of what matters to the people of Wales.”

Cabinet and Deputy Ministers

Vaughan Gething
Minister for Health and Social Services  – Y Gweinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol

Julie Morgan
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services – Y Dirprwy Weinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol

Eluned Morgan
Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language – Gweinidog y Gymraeg a Chysylltiadau Rhyngwladol

Dafydd Elis-Thomas
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism – Y Dirprwy Weinidog Diwylliant, Chwaraeon a Thwristiaeth

Ken Skates
Minister for Economy and Transport – Gweinidog yr Economi a Thrafnidiaeth

Lee Waters
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport – Dirprwy Weinidog yr Economi a Thrafnidiaeth

Julie James
Minister for Housing and Local Government – Y Gweinidog Tai a Llywodraeth Leol

Hannah Blythyn
Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government – Y Dirprwy Weinidog Tai a Llywodraeth Leol

Rebecca Evans
Minister for Finance and Trefnydd – Y Gweinidog Cyllid a’r Trefnydd

Kirsty Williams
Minister for Education – Y Gweinidog Addysg

Lesley Griffiths
Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs – Gweinidog yr Amgylchedd, Ynni a Materion Gwledig

Jeremy Miles
Counsel General Designate and Brexit Minister – Y Darpar Gwnsler Cyffredinol a’r Gweinidog Brexit

Jane Hutt
Deputy Minister and Chief Whip – Y Dirprwy Weinidog a’r Prif Chwip

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