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Plea for minister to stop delaying action to halt TB

26/12/2011

bTB eradication delays labelled “unacceptable”

Plaid Rural affairs spokesperson Llyr Huws Gruffydd has written to the Labour Welsh government accusing ministers of prolonging the damaging effects of Bovine TB. He labelled the Minister’s actions “unacceptable” and called on the government to announce what they intended to do about the bTB problem.

Mr Gruffydd pleaded with Labour Minister John Griffiths to announce his decision on whether Labour would scrap bTB eradication plans.

In a strongly worded letter, Plaid Cymru’s Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM writes:

“your decision to halt the eradication plans as they stood in order to hold a review, and now your decision to delay announcing the findings of that review, is risking the sustainability of many farm businesses.

“Your actions are further impediment to people who have shown continuous good will and eagerness to work with government on this issue. The farming industry in Wales deserves clear and strong action by the Welsh Government to eradicate bTB and as you know, I urge you to reinstate the plans put in place by your predecessor.

“People deserve to know what, if anything, you plan to do to help them.”

 

Full text of Llyr Huws Gruffydd’s letter to John Griffiths below:

Dear Minister,

I understand that you have by now received representations from the farming industry regarding the on-going implications of your decision to further delay announcing plans to press ahead with the previous ministers TB eradication plans.

I would like to echo the evidence from farmers that the uncertainty you have created is placing unacceptable additional pressures on those operating in areas where bTB is currently hitting hardest. On top of the severe problems caused by the prevalence of bTB in those areas, your decision to halt the eradication plans as they stood in order to hold a review, and now your decision to delay announcing the findings of that review, is risking the sustainability of many farm businesses.

Your actions are further impediment to people who have shown continuous good will and eagerness to work with government on this issue. The farming industry in Wales deserves clear and strong action by the Welsh Government to eradicate bTB and as you know, I urge you to reinstate the plans put in place by your predecessor.

On behalf of farmers in those areas who are dealing with the effects of bTB on a daily basis, as well as farmers in the rest of Wales who are extremely concerned by the spread of the disease, I can only plead with you to have the decency to make your decision public at the earliest possible opportunity. Farmers need to know what your government is intending to do about bTb as soon as possible, and the National Assembly should be allowed the earliest possible opportunity to discuss your decision.

People deserve to know what, if anything, you plan to do to help them.

Yn gywir,

LLHG