Wales national director Kevin Thomas said: "We have consistently received feedback from growers that they are pleased to see a project covering commercial horticulture in Wales and we’d like to share these results with industry who have engaged with us over the last six months.
"Subject to funding, Tyfu Cymru will build the capacity and capability of the Welsh horticulture industry. Working with supply chain partners, it will prepare growers and producer owned horticulture companies across Wales to adapt to future environmental challenges and position them to capitalise on market opportunities for business development and growth.
"This project will support the Welsh Government to realise its ambitious objectives for growth and rural regeneration through the innovative and sustainable development of the horticulture industry in Wales"
Led by Lantra in collaboration with the key partners of Planed, Puffin, Glyndwr and ADAS, this project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
The project will provide a blend of strategic leadership, skills development, training and support tailored to industry’s needs. It will draw on evidence gained from expert horizon scanning and analysis of business needs. It will demonstrate the social, environmental and commercial benefits for businesses and the economy. This will be made available through a dedicated knowledge centre.
Tyfu Cymru Delivery will be focused around the following workstreams:
- Funded innovative training and skills development based on a Training Skills Assessment
- A horticulture talent pool programme
- Supply chain and cluster support
- One stop knowledge hub offering an industry voice.
Tyfu Cymru will look to support horticultural growers to play their part in Welsh Government’s ambitious targets for growth contained within the Wales Food and Drink Action Plan.
Horticulture is a key growth sector for Welsh Government and is essential to delivering the goals of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act, due to the role it can play in environmental sustainability, public health and the economic regeneration of rural Wales.