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Farmers lead business venture

A group of farmers' wives whom produced a successful bespoke agricultural diary last year are set out to produce a better diary this year that will be used by more involved in the agricultural sector.

The new 2017 Agricultural Diary published this week will be high on the list of the ideal Christmas presents as the group hopes that once again this year people will be purchasing the A4 diary as gifts for family members.

The group whom called themselves Gwas Fferm (farmhand) created the diary are a part of an Agrisgôp group of innovative, like-minded women from the Bala area and idea behind the 2016 edition was to keep one of your yearly resolutions to get organised. Following the success of the diary, the group are now running the venture as a small business themselves.

The group have worked collaboratively with Y Lolfa publishing company and once again in 2017 the diary incorporates a record keeping section and adverts from local and national companies.

The diary includes key dates in the Welsh farming calendar as well as an agricultural directory with contact details for national and local agricultural businesses, contractors and services. The new 2017 diary also sees the addition of weather related proverbs.

'Last year we all agreed that it would be good to produce some kind of handy tool to help farmers cope better with scheduling farming activities, making it easier for them to remember key deadlines and dates without scraps of paper and post-it notes everywhere' said group member Lowri Rees-Roberts of Dolhendre Isa, Llanuwchllyn, 'The diary has been a huge success and the feedback has been amazing'.

The group members include Buddug Jones of Cefn Eithin Farm Glanyrafon, Manon Jones of Brynbedwog Rhosygwaliau, Sarah Dale of Gwernfeistrol, Llidiardau, Sian Jones of Henblas Farm Llandderfel, Rachael Madeley-Davies of Fedw Arian Uchaf Y Bala and Lindsey Ellis Edwards of Tyddyn Ronnen Farm Llanuwchllyn.

'We hope that we will have stalls at local Christmas markets and also at the Winter Fair in Builth Wells. We just hope that we will have enough diaries for everybody that needs one!' added Lowri.