AN inquiry has been set up to explore how some major UK policy changes could affect family farms in Wales.

To be conducted by the Welsh Affairs Committee, the inquiry – which may well shed some light on the parallel implications for Scottish family farms – will look at UK Government policy on international trade and free trade agreements, and legislation around climate change. The committee intends to explore how these policy areas are likely to impact societal connections and traditions in farming communities, and look at what can be done to support communities, their culture and heritage. The committee is focusing on ‘family farms’ – small and medium sized farms, for example hill farmers – rather than large, industrial size farms.  

Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, said: “International trade agreements and an ever-ambitious environment agenda have dominated much of UK Government policy over the last few months and years. However, it is crucial that we understand the impact they are having on ordinary people and communities who are just trying to make a living.

"We must make sure everyone benefits from these policy advances, and by looking at the impact on family farms, we hope to shine a light on how communities can prosper for generations and how their livelihoods can be safeguarded.”