Emyr Jones president of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has called on the UK government to correct issues with supply chain imbalances affecting milk prices and the long-term viability of the industry. The Farmers’ Union of Wales has called for an expansion of the Groceries Adjudicator’s power to cover all dairy producers.
Organic Wales News & Events
Thousands of food and drink companies from all over the World will be showing off their produce at the prestigious Food and Hotel China 2012 exhibition in Shanghai during 14-16th Nov, and joining them will be a range of food and drink producers from Wales. China is the world’s second largest economy and importer, and by 2014 it will be the world’s largest grocery retail market and so the show will help Welsh producers identify new opportunities and further develop existing trade in this region.
Congratulations to Treberfedd organic farm, near Cardigan Bay in Ceredigion, West Wales for winning the highly prized Soil Association Best Organic Places to Stay Award!
Pembrokeshire County Show is the largest agricultural county show in Wales – three days of great entertainment are planned for the Show this year. New attractions, improved activity zones, the return of the Fairground, numerous classes for livestock and horses and a host of trade stands to entice you.
The main annual agricultural event in North Wales features competitive classes for shire/light horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, fur and feather, horticulture, cookery and crafts, along with over 300 various trade stands.
The Valuing Wales’ National Parks report commissioned by National Parks Wales, the WLGA and Natural Resources Wales found that Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons national parks attract more than 12 million visitors, spending £1bn a year and as a direct result creates a £557,000,000 benefit to the Welsh economy.
Wales is the only country on the flight path of an endangered goose where the birds can be shot and killed, says the Welsh Ornithological Society (Wos).
It has criticised Welsh governent’s decision not to press ahead with a gun ban on Greenland white-fronted geese.
Voluntary bans are in place at some wetlands including the Dyfi estuary but the society said only an outright ban can ensure the birds’ protection.
Independent crossbencher Lord Krebs told the House of Lords that culling badgers had a “modest effect” in reducing the incidence of TB, and thus “rolling out culling as a national policy to control TB in cattle is not really credible.”
A recycling firm owner who illegally dumped waste in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) has been given a three-month suspended sentence.
David John Neal, 52, of Rumney, Cardiff, was fined £10,000 and his two firms face fines and costs of £202,000 after pleading guilty to the breaches at Ty-To Maen Farm on the Gwent Levels.
Wildlife projects in Wales are to receive £1.5m to help protect habitats and species.
The Welsh government’s Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies said the money would be used to strengthen the environment against climate change.
Natural Resources Wales and the Wales Biodiversity Partnership will run the programme.
The Resilient Ecosystems Fund follows the State of Nature report, which highlighted the risk to UK wildlife.