21-12-2011 16:59 PM | NFU, News

Farmers to hear about future food production challenges



Guest speaker at the annual meeting of NFU Cymru Anglesey will be Dr Haydn E Edwards, Chairman of Welsh Government Food and Drink Advisory Partnership, set up to examine and comment on food production in Wales.

Dr Edwards’ speech, entitled "The Food and Farming Sector Panel - responsibilities and future challenges", is expected to outline progress to date and the priorities and objectives of the newly-established key sector panel, which he also chairs.

The panel, set up this autumn by Welsh Government Business Minister Edwina Hart, intends to ensure that the views and priorities of farmers will inform the Government’s policy development and provide the Minister with expert knowledge and advice.

Dr Edwards’ address will be followed by a question and answer session where NFU Cymru Anglesey members will be able to air some of their own views.

For more than 24 years, Dr Edwards was Principal and Chief Executive of several further education colleges, retiring in 2009 after leading Coleg Menai for 15 years. He played a role in developing the Coleg Menai Food Technology Centre at Llangefni, Ynys Môn, a cornerstone for food businesses wishing to develop and market innovative food and drink products and instrumental in creating new jobs in the food processing sector.

NFU Cymru President Mr Ed Bailey will give an address on agricultural current issues and a representative from HSBC will give a presentation on financial matters affecting farmers.

Confirmation of County officeholders for 2012 will be as follows: Mrs Christine Jones, Chair, Mr Richard Roberts, Deputy Chair, Mr Peredur Hughes, Treasurer and Mr William Edwards, Council Delegate.

The annual general meeting of NFU Cymru Anglesey County Branch will be held at Tafarn y Rhos, Llangefni on Thursday 5 January 2012 at 7.30pm.

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