Results 41–60 of 10000 for speaker:Huw Irranca-Davies

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Carolyn, I'd be more than happy. If you could drop me a note on that, I'd be more than happy to see where that's got to and to kick-start that. And you mentioned how we can help with decarbonisation. There are number of ways; I touched on them very, very briefly in my opening remarks, but one of them is the carbon reduction plan pilot programme. This is quite an exciting project. It's being...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you very much, Jenny—a series of good questions there. In terms of not only Puffin Produce but the wider producers and the supply chain with it, I think this is exactly why a number of the measures I talked about in the opening statement are important from a product design perspective, to build resilience in and to use different ingredients, and so on and so forth. But also, at a...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Nothing at all. It would be good to have some voice. Regardless of who is sitting in those top seats at a UK level going forward, particularly in food, not just our primary producers, but in the wider food supply chain, we need to have that voice. I'm not saying veto, I'm saying a voice. It's the sort of voice that we used to have, curiously, before we went through Brexit. We now need to...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Diolch, Llyr. There were some really helpful and interesting points there. Just first of all to say that, on the exploring of the mandating of climate risk reporting for the large food and feed businesses—one of the recommendations of the climate change committee—and also developing a comprehensive decarbonisation plan for the industry, we will, of course, work through the detail of this...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Janet, thank you very much, and can I just start where you have ended? My approach is to work with people where they've got good ideas, and to try and take these forward. I, like others, will pay tribute to Peter's work, which you flagged up there, in bringing forward the legislation. But I simply say that it's not always the case—. I always describe myself as the reluctant legislator. It's...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: So, in the face of these challenges, there is a growing trend, as well, of ethical consumption. More than ever, the public expect suppliers to embrace sustainable production practices. Indeed, market insights reveal that one in three consumers in the UK have stopped purchasing certain brands due to ethical or sustainability related concerns. So, more and more, we're seeing that people want to...

5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: The Welsh food system — Producing food sustainably (25 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Diolch yn fawr, Dirprwy Lywydd. Today, I'm very pleased to set out for Senedd Members how this Welsh Government is driving a more sustainable food and drink sector in the face of the climate emergency. And as we know, climate change is not just a distant future threat that we can ignore for now; it is a present reality for households and for businesses right across Wales today. Indeed,...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Supporting the Agricultural Sector in South Wales East (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Natasha, thank you for that follow-up, and it is an important question. When we chose to put out there in full public transparency the economic impact assessment previously, we did it in full knowledge that actually it was two years out of date and didn't reflect the consultation as was, but it was a decision by Government to put whatever we could out there, to try and help engage the debate....

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Supporting the Agricultural Sector in South Wales East (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Natasha. Welsh Government provides a wide range of direct and indirect support. Our grants for investment in on-farm improvements, equipment and technology, the learning and development on offer from Farming Connect, or the advice from our own farm liaison service, for example, demonstrate our commitment to supporting a sustainable future for Welsh agriculture.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Afforestation (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Diolch, Cefin. One of the challenges that we face is, when it comes to the sale and purchase of land in Wales, whether that's farmers or other landowners, we don't have the ability to directly intervene. They're making commercial decisions. It's difficult to see how we can influence, for example, farmers' decisions if they decide, and there aren't many of them, to sell land to others,...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Afforestation (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Cefin. We are committed to creating a national forest for Wales and bringing the benefits of woodlands and trees to our local communities that are at the heart of our vision. We continue to fund community tree-planting initiatives through the creation of Small Woodlands/Tiny Forests in Wales, the woodland investment grant, and the woodland creation grant also.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Staff Capacity Issues at Natural Resources Wales (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, James, for that supplementary question. Just to make clear again, NRW is not alone in facing budgetary challenges, and there are well-rehearsed reasons why, across all Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers, across all portfolios, from local authorities to our agencies and others, they are under significant strain, but having said that, following NRW's baseline review—and I was a member...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Staff Capacity Issues at Natural Resources Wales (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, James. Budgetary pressures for 2024-25 are very well documented and no organisations are immune to the extremely tough budgetary conversations and decisions that need to be made. NRW is considering its remit and critically reviewing all activities, whilst ensuring that its people focus on delivering its priority functions and statutory duties within its current budgets. 

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Wildlife on Farms (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you very much. I do my best learning by being out and about and visiting some of these projects, and you rightly flagged some of the successes that are out there. There's incredible work going on that not only manages to produce really good, nutritious, affordable, high-value products, but they're also doing the right thing by the environment and climate change and flood alleviation and...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Wildlife on Farms (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Thank you, Mark. On the latter point, in the preparatory phase that we're now doing, we can take into consideration those wider impacts, as we aim to bring forward the SFS together with landowners and farmers. So, this preparatory phase gives us the opportunity to actually consider those wider impacts. You specifically mention the partners out there who've put forward proposals of how to deal...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Wildlife on Farms (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: The biodiversity deep-dive recommended actions to support meaningful delivery of the 30x30 target, including designing the sustainable farming scheme to ensure farmers are rewarded both for providing appropriate management of protected sites, and for actions that improve the prospects of nature in the wider landscape and freshwater habitats.

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB in Mid Wales (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Joyce, thank you for that question, and I've met with farmers in the region and right across Wales, actually. And, indeed, I've been out meeting with farmers even this morning before I came here. I think the very rapid move by the TB advisory group to move on the issue of on-farm slaughter has, indeed, been welcomed, and they and the Animal and Plant Health Agency are on the ground now...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB in Mid Wales (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Russell, thank you for that question, and can I say first of all that I share with you the concern that I've heard expressed first-hand, including on my farm visits recently to farmers and their families as well, who are living on the premises. This is not simply like some industrial premises way off and then they travel home. Their home is on the farm—it's on the farm that they are seeing...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: Bovine TB in Mid Wales (19 Jun 2024)

Huw Irranca-Davies: Yes, thank you, Russell. Our approach to eradicating bovine TB in Wales is set out in our TB eradication delivery plan, which we published in March 2023. In February, we also reintroduced pre-movement testing and extended the post-movement testing in the intermediate TB areas, which include mid Wales, to allay the risk of introducing new disease into the herds.


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