Coronavirus (Covid 19)
“Whatever concerns you have about your business, this is not the time to shoulder your worries in silence, we will find you an expert who will listen to you and provide the confidential guidance and support you need either over the phone or digitally,” is the message from Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which together with Lantra Wales, delivers. Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
In response to the restrictions in force due to the coronavirus pandemic, Farming Connect has arranged a number of one-to-one surgeries, which are fully funded for registered individuals.
“If you call the Farming Connect Service Centre in the morning and explain what you need, we will do our best to match up your enquiry or concern with an appropriate expert the same day and quite often, you will have the support you need from one of our approved consultants within a matter of hours,” said Mrs. Williams. She added that if any eligible farmers or foresters are not already registered with Farming Connect, this is a speedy process which can also be done over the phone by calling the Service Centre on 08456 000 813.
The surgeries, all provided over the phone or digitally, are scheduled to continue until Farming Connect’s ‘normal’ face to face service provision can resume. Each will usually last approximately one hour per individual. They can cover topics ranging from regulatory compliance matters and business management – which can include for example legal, accountancy, planning and succession advice - to animal health and technical topics, managing people and diversification projects.