There are now less than 30 days until the assembly elections in Wales (and Scotland, Northern Ireland and London Assembly) – and the debate is heating up.
The Countryside Alliance (CA) has just launched its election manifesto listing several key points it would like to see addressed in the next assembly. Better digital communications, access to more markets for Welsh produce, rural services and countryside management are the headline topics.
Here are the top 10 highlights affecting food and farming in the CA’s manifesto:
Access to high speed and affordable broadband connectivity – 50% of rural premises in Wales have no fast broadband coverage and 33% no 3G mobile coverage. Digital growth is key to driving the Welsh economy forward and policies to deliver connectivity to rural areas must be introduced.