Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie today said she stands in solidarity with farmers over the Welsh government’s decision to impose Nitrate Vulnerable Zones across the country.
A vote to annul the regulations was narrowly lost in the Senedd yesterday – prompting severe criticism from the NFU Cymru and the FUW.
“This decision by the Welsh government has failed to take into account 45 recommendations based on a voluntary code, smart regulation and scientific advice, plus a way forward on water standards proposed by NFU Cymru,” said Virginia.
“Everyone wants to see less pollution but these regulations should be bespoke, targeted to the challenges here on Ynys Môn and across Wales and workable.
“I fully understand the anger of the farming community, which was clearly ready and willing to work together with the Welsh government to address nitrates pollution.
“The cost of complying with this regulation to the farming community could be the difference between farms remaining viable or going under.
“This is a classic Labour top down approach that fails to work in partnership with those affected, but instead simply uses blunt diktats and ones of EU origin too.
“It really didn’t have to be like this and I stand in solidarity with all farmers across Wales. I will be writing to the First Minister of Wales to express my disappointment and to ask for his government to reconsider.”
Image shows Virginia Crosbie MP with Brian Bown NFU Cymru Anglesey County Chairman at Trewyn Farm