'Important time for show's return'


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20 July 2022
Welsh Minister discusses encourages discussions on grower impacts and actions

THE Royal Welsh Show is currently place in person for the first time in three years, at an important time when we look at securing the long-term future of the growing industry, Wales Minister for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths said ahead of the event.

Virtual events were held in 2020 and 2021 but this year growers from across Wales have come together once more for one of the largest agricultural shows in Europe. The show is running from July 18th to 21st.

The Minister said she knew she'd not been alone in "very much looking forward" to this year’s Royal Welsh.

"It’s always special but especially this year as we come together for the first time in three years. The importance of the Royal Welsh in the social calendar of rural Wales cannot be overstated, and I know it has been hard for many not to attend and see friends since 2019. We’re pleased to support the Royal Welsh Society again this year.

“As well as celebrating rural life we will also come together and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead. I recently published a proposed outline of the Sustainable Farming Scheme. The primary focus for me at the show is to talk to people about these proposals, which aim to strengthen the farming industry and our rural communities, and enable our farmers to tackle, and adapt to the challenges of the nature and climate emergencies.

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She said the climate emergency is the biggest threat to food security in Wales and globally and she looked forward to hearing people's views at the Welsh Government Pavilion at the Show, which is a hub for discussions on the topic.

"By working together, and looking at how we can produce food sustainably we can secure a successful future for the farming industry," she said, adding: “Welsh produce is well placed to be one of the global leaders in sustainable food production.  There will be many examples of the excellent food we produce here in Wales on display at the Royal Welsh, and I want to see this industry go from strength to strength.”

DEPLOY Tech ((deploytechltd.com) is amongst those exhibiting and has launched two innovative products for the agricultural industry. There will be regular demonstrations of the products on Stand number H531 and the experienced will be on hand to answer any questions. A number of machinery manufacturers, agri-tech advisors and research providers are also exhibiting, offering services and advice to the potato industry.

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