The DairyCo conference was addressed by the Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Food, Alun Davies, who discussed ongoing Welsh Government support for the industry including the £5m Processing and Marketing Grant and the £3.3m Dairy Supply Chain Efficiencies scheme.
The conference was held at the Parc y Scarlets Stadium, Llanelli, with milk production the key theme of the conference which was titled 'Outlook and Opportunities for Milk Production: A Welsh Perspective.'
Mr Davies said:
"I am pleased to address the dairy industry at a time where there is renewed confidence in the sector. The conference has provided an excellent platform to discuss the outlook for the industry and how the Welsh dairy sector can take advantage of any future opportunities.
"The Welsh Government remains committed to providing on-going support to the dairy industry and does so through a variety of channels. We are investing £3.3m through the Dairy Supply Chain Efficiencies scheme to help the industry with information and support to improve efficiency, ultimately boosting the farmers' bottom line.
"£5m has also been committed to dairy projects across rural Wales through the Processing and Marketing Grant, and this has enabled the industry to leverage a further £16m of private sector investment.
"I will continue to engage in discussions with DairyCo and Dairy UK among others throughout the UK dairy industry, on the big issues such as CAP reform at European, UK and more local levels. All with a view to achieving the best possible results for dairy production in Wales."