Improve engagement skills with farmers

I talk to farmers. About starting to think about changing land uses from food production to other public goods that haven't yet come up on their radar. 

The phrase 'talked to' is wrong. I've held conversations with hill farmers in village and town halls in the Brecon Beacons around a subject that deserves more nuance in how farmers themselves should be a part of rather 'than talked to about'

This stuff isn't in books. It's not in a Welsh Govt procurement manual. It's a skilled nucanced social science issue we avoid at our peril. 

I suggest that the WG looks more closely at why it had to relauch Glastir three times, finds it hard to get around NFU's 'farm for food security only' mantra, allows some conservation NGOs to lead on the environment without more joint-statement collaboration.

It can be done


Why the contribution is important

This lack of our ability to engage with those that matter is holding back better ways of getting good stuff down without grandstanding from those trying to own the issues. Without trust and collorborative 'bottom-up' ownership by farmers and land managers, it's hard to get better practices to remain sustainable in the long term.

by robyorke on November 08, 2016 at 03:50PM

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  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 13:58

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach:

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!


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