By Steffan Messenger Published 1 August 2019 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Sheep and cattle farms dominate the agricultural landscape in Wales, but experts predict there could soon be a marked rise in fruit and vegetable production. It’s down to a combination of factors that include Brexit, climate change and a rise in vegan diets. Currently, only 0.08% of Welsh farmland is used for horticulture. But one farmer who has started growing soft fruits said he thought it could “take off” across the country. Tom Higgs, from Rhossili, on the Gower Peninsula said he saw his new pick-your-own business as “an insurance policy”. “It’s so we’re not so reliant on subsidies, and the price we’re dictated to for beef and lamb,” he said. “I’d never grown a strawberry until this year – it’s been a sharp learning curve but good fun.” The Welsh Government’s Farming Connect programme, which advises farmers, says Wales has the potential to develop a thriving horticulture industry. It supported Tom by paying towards the costs of an adviser to help set up his new enterprise. “We’ve been encouraging farmers to add an extra string to their bow because there are uncertainties… Read full this story
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