North Wales beef and sheep farmer, Glyn Roberts, has been unanimously re-elected as President of the Farmers’ Union of Wales at a recent virtual meeting of the Council of the Union.
Glyn Roberts first became President of the Farmers’ Union of Wales in 2015. Since then he has helped to secure #FairFarmFunding for farmers in Wales; has focussed on the importance of agriculture in rural communities and on the Welsh language; and has promoted why #FarmingMatters on a national scale.
Speaking about his re-appointment, Glyn Roberts said: “It is an honour and privilege to serve as the President of the Farmers’ Union of Wales and I thank our members for putting their trust in me for another term.
“These are very uncertain times for our industry. Our sector is dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak, Brexit and our future relationship with the EU is still uncertain and there are many other farming issues, such as water regulations, future farm policies and bovine TB, which will need to be addressed and resolved over the coming months and years.
“Taking this Union forward and ensuring that we advance and protect Wales’ family farms, both nationally and individually, in order to secure thriving, sustainable family farms here in Wales has always been our mission and vision – and we will continue to do everything we can to keep our farmers farming.”
Prior to being elected as FUW President, Glyn held prestigious roles both within and outside the organisation including serving as non-executive director on the board of Hybu Cig Cymru by Welsh Assembly Government appointment; as FUW Vice President for eight years (2004-2011); on the FUW finance and organisation committee (2003-2004) and as FUW chairman in Caernarfonshire (1999-2002).
“To continue producing food, means we must have the right tools: politically, economically and of course environmentally. Over the course of the next term, I will work hard with our team to make sure that each three of these environments function in such a way that we can safeguard food production, animal welfare, our rural economy and of course food security.
“That of course also means that we must be forward thinking, adopt different ways of working and embrace changes in technology. This Union has all the right tools in the box to make sure that we can achieve a sustainable future for farming and I look forward to the next three years as its President,” added Glyn Roberts.