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Janet Finch-Saunders on need for course correction in rural affairs

Janet Finch-Saunders - the Welsh Conservative candidate for Aberconwy – has spoken of her delight at last night’s Aberconwy rural affairs hustings, which she used to underscore her plans to help empower stakeholders through a raft of innovative and landmark policy changes.

Last night’s digital proceedings – which was a collaboration between NFU Cymru, FUW and the YFC – was well attended by the organisation’s local membership base. Among the issues discussed were Bovine TB, rural broadband and support for young farmers.

Speaking after the event, Janet said:

“After the scandalous implementation of a Wales-wide NVZ and a number of financial mishaps with Welsh Labour at the helm, I made clear to last night’s audience that it was about time that Cardiff Bay was reminded that our rural stakeholders are the custodians of our land. “Policy should look to empower our farmers and producers, which is why I made clear that the Welsh Conservatives would pass a new Agriculture Bill for Wales which will set out the sector will be supported with public money for public goods, and would guarantee financial support for Welsh farmers at a level of no less than that previously provided by the EU. “The significance of these communities cannot be understated, which is why I was disappointed in the non-attendance by Aberconwy’s Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates. Given their parties spearheaded the dangerously irresponsible policy of a Wales-wide NVZ, I cannot say that I am surprised. “Importantly, last night was an opportunity to once again make clear that I would work to scrap the all-Wales NVZ and that the Welsh Conservatives would begin to conduct a public inquiry into the administration of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.”

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