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Welsh Lib Dems stand alone in fight for Welsh farmers

2009 Medi 29 4:37 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats were today the only group in the Welsh Assembly to vote against the introduction of compulsory Electronic Identification. Labour, Plaid and the majority of the Tories failed to follow words with action to protect the farming community, by waving through the expensive new system.

Kirsty Williams said:

"Our struggling Welsh farming industry can ill afford the introduction of this highly costly programe, which will bring no additional benefits to the current system for identifying and tracing sheep.

"With the scheme costing £9.30 per ewe in the first year, our farmers cannot afford this financial burden at a time of decreasing incomes.

"I am greatly saddened that the farming industry has been let down by not only the Welsh Government but also the Tories and that it has only been the Welsh Liberal Democrats who have been strong enough to stand tall and vote against the introduction of compulsory EID in Wales."

Mick Bates AM for Montgomeryshire said:

"The Tories uttered many warm words in the chamber today but when it came down to voting on this issue the majority failed to put their money where their mouths are. By supporting the Minister Elin Jones' decision to introduce this unnecessary regulation into Wales before the technology is even accurate enough, they have failed to stand up for our farmers in Wales. I only hope it is not a sign of the Tories weakening their stance against unnecessary regulatory burdens on the Welsh farming industry."