NFU Cymru members from across Wales have helped to bring the union’s asks of the next Welsh Parliament and the next Welsh Government to life in a new digital manifesto.

The virtual lobbying document features video case study contributions in English and Welsh from across the country and outlines the aims and aspirations of Wales’ farmers and rural communities.

Among the priorities and issues highlighted by NFU Cymru in the manifesto are future support policy, bovine TB, water quality, the Wales Rural Development Programme, rural connectivity and public procurement.

NFU Cymru president John Davies said: “With campaigning set to get underway ahead of the Senedd elections in May, it was important for NFU Cymru to set out its key asks of the next Welsh Parliament and the next Welsh Government.

"Given the landmark change and turbulent events we have seen take place over the course of the last Senedd term – not least Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic – it’s absolutely crucial that the next Welsh Parliament and Welsh Government can set a pathway for a more prosperous Wales and there is no doubt that a flourishing Welsh food and farming sector and thriving rural communities are an integral element of Wales reaching its full potential.

“Good policy making should be directly influenced by the people it affects. It is for this reason that NFU Cymru has asked its members to contribute to its manifesto for these elections to help bring to life the subjects and issues that have an everyday impact on their lives and businesses.

"These personal accounts provide a real insight into the opportunities and challenges facing farming businesses across Wales."