Bovine TB: 'England could learn from Wales'

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The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson MP should come to Wales to learn from the Welsh Government's "science-led approach to eradicating bovine TB".

That was the invitation made by the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, in the Senedd on 12 March 2014.

He was answering Labour member Mick Antoniw, who asked the Minister to give an update on the progress of the Strategic Framework for Bovine TB Eradication in respect of wildlife.

Mr Davies said that the policy is working much better than "across the border in England".

He said that in Wales the number of cattle slaughtered in the last year is down 33% and that the equivalent statistic for the rest of Great Britain is 14%.

In terms of the number of herds being affected by bovine TB, the minister said that there have been reductions of 23% while the equivalent number in England is 6%.

However, the Conservative member Antoinette Sandbach disputed whether the figures could be attributed to the vaccination programme.

Among other topics covered were jobs been created by Welsh Government energy efficiency programmes such as Arbed, plans to encourage new renewable energy projects and the Welsh Government's Rural Development Plan.

Darllenwch hwn yn Gymraeg.

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