Today, Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire, Fay Jones MP joined forces with Barclays Bank to hold a roundtable for their agricultural customers.
The event was attended by Barclays customers from across the constituency and focused on discussing and highlighting key national and regional business issues and priorities for the agricultural sector.
Since her election, Fay Jones MP has championed the Welsh agricultural sector both as a local Member of Parliament and in her role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Many constituents took the opportunity to give Miss Jones a clear steer on their priorities, raising issues from upholding food standards in international trade to the proposed Nitrate Vulnerable Zone across Wales.
Commenting on the event, Miss Jones said:
“I was really glad to have this conversation with Barclays agricultural customers from across Brecon and Radnorshire.
“As always with the farming community, it was a very robust, honest and insightful discussion. Farmers are spinning a lot of plates at the moment, and the community have widespread concerns on issues ranging from the proposed NVZ across Wales to the DEFRA animal welfare in transport consultation.
“It is so important to me that farmers across Brecon and Radnorshire feel supported and listened to. We are lucky in Wales to have some of the best farmers and food producers in the world, and one of my top priorities is to represent their interests as best as possible.
“I fully intend to continue this open conversation with farmers across my constituency. Please get in touch if you have any particular issues I can help with or you would like to raise any concerns.”
Delyth Parry, Barclays Agricultural Manager said:
“The virtual round table was a great opportunity to bring together Barclays agricultural clients and the local MP to discuss hot topics and farming issues covering everything from taxation, food standards, animal welfare and succession planning within the industry.
“What was clear was the passion and commitment from everyone in attendance and a desire to improve and create a lasting legacy fit for future generations of farmers.”