Thursday, September 9, 1999 Published at 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
Gwyther urges farmers to be patient
Protesting farmers try to present Ms Gwyther with a "worthless" sheep
Welsh Agriculture Christine Gwyther has been met by a group of angry farmers calling for firm action on the farming crisis following her meeting with her UK counterpart in London.
In reponse, Ms Gwyther - who arrived in Carmarthen to open the National Assembly's agriculture office - said she was "doing all she could" and urged them to be patient.
The National Farmers' Union in Wales described the talks as "very disappointing" and said all the farmers had been offered were more talks about talks.
But Ms Gwyther remained positive after the London meeting and insisted Welsh farmers would be assisted in the short term.
She had been seeking immediate aid to carry out a ewe cull and additional funds for a calf processing scheme in Wales.
The alternative option of the National Assembly finding the money quickly is being pressed by Plaid Cymru.
"We will find the money ourselves if we have to, but to actually administer the scheme we need permission from the EU and to get that permission there are a few hurdles to get over," she said.
Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Wigley said: "We are pressing for the money to come from the Treasury in London.
"It does have a reserve for this sort of crisis and we do not have this sort of money in the Assembly."
If London, though, refused to help, then the Assembly would have to "dig deep" and find the necessary funds, Mr Wigley added.
He blamed the government for setting extra charges on ewes at market which did not exist elsewhere in Europe.
"I feel the government have a distinct responsibility to correct this situation by employing a disposal scheme," he said.
Ms Gwyther said on Tuesday prior to the meeting that if Mr Brown turned down Welsh claims, the National Assembly would "go it alone" and come up with its own aid package.