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scot presidents are re-elected

NFU SCOTLAND president John Kinnaird and vice presidents David Mitchell and Bob Howat were all re-elected for a further term of office at the union”s annual meeting, held in St Andrews last week. All were unopposed.

islanders face haulage price hike

FARMERS ON Orkney and Shetland face a 60% hike in the cost of shipping their stock to the Scottish mainland if the EU proceeds with its threat to ban the Scottish Executive from subsidising the ferry operator. Ross Finnie, rural development minister, pledged to continue the fight, insisting that it was hard to understand how the EU could see the executive”s financial support as an illegal state aid. “We are not trying to support the marketplace – it”s not as if we trying to get these animals to the heart of Paris or Hamburg. We are simply trying to get them to Wick (at the very north of the Scottish mainland),” said Mr Finnie.

focusing on code of practice

SCOTLAND”S RURAL development minister, Ross Finnie, says he will pay close attention to the Office of Fair Trading”s report on the Supermarket Code of Practice, due to be published shortly. “We need a food chain that is more open and transparent and which, especially in the dairy sector, gives a fairer price to producers,” he said. The OFT report, he stressed, must not be a whitewash.

News in Brief

18 November 1999
News in Brief

  • Red meat initiative

    SETTING up a new red-meat marketing initiative for the north of England will be discussed at a conference, Gaining a competitive edge for the northern red meat sector, in Kendal, Cumbria, on 25 November.

    It will look at ways such an initiative could give farmers more involvement in the supply chain.

    Organisers are the Plunkett Foundation and the Performance Improvement Partnership.

    For further details call 01228 591000.

  • Organic trials start

    ORGANIC farmers are to get independent information on cereal variety performance from a series of trials grown under organic conditions.

    The National Institute of Agricultural Botany, with support from members of the British Society of Plant Breeders, will test 13 wheat, seven winter oat and five triticale varieties on three established organic farms in Suffolk, Kent and Wiltshire.

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    15 January 1999
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  • Fischlers job is safe

    EU FARM commissioner Franz Fischler is safe in his job, despite attempts by some Euro-MPs to sack all 20 commissioners, amid allegations of financial mismanagement. There was not enough support in yesterdays (14 January) historic vote in Strasbourg for the removal of the entire commission.

  • More BSE in France, Netherlands

    THE first two cases of BSE this year have been confirmed in France, bringing the total number of casualties there since 1990 to 51. Both herds in which the animals were born have been destroyed. Another case has also been identified in the Netherlands, bringing that countrys total to five.

  • Farmgate prices down EU-wide

    FARMGATE prices dropped for the third year running throughout the EU, according to Brussels-based statistics service Eurostat. A drop of 3.7% for all products was recorded in 1997/98, with pigs showing the greatest downturn, of 29%. Cereal prices were 9% lower. On a country-by-country basis, the UK and Denmark fared the worst, each suffering an 11% fall in producer prices. Only Italy and Portugal saw any improvement in prices, reflecting a better year for wine, fruit and flowers.

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    09 June 1998
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    CP Group consolidates agro-industry interests

    CP GROUP of Thailand is consolidating all its Thai-based agro-industry and aquaculture businesses into a single listed entity – Charoen Pokphand Feedmill. The company said it would create one of Asias largest producers of poultry, swine, duck, frozen shrimp and animal feed. Combined assets will be nearly $1b billion.

    • Financial Times 09/06/98 page 27

    Tribute to John Haig Douglas, 80

    THE SCOTSMAN publishes a tribute to John Haig Douglas, a Scottish Borders farmer who died on Sunday, aged 80.

    • The Scotsman 09/06/98 page 18

    Pig farmer on murder charge

    PIG farmer Thoman Florin, 36, living in Namibia, was held on a murder charge after his wifes cooked bones and skull were found in the ceiling of their house.

    • The Times 09/06/98 page 18

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    02 June 1998
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    • SA farms could take law into their own hands over squatters

      A NEW South African Bill giving squatters new rights has infuriated private landowners and farmers. The Prevention of Illegal Evictions from the Unlawful Occupation of Land Bill makes squatter invasions almost impossible to stop on private land. It is feared farmers could take the law into their own hands.

      • The Times 02/06/98 page 14

    • Indian agriculture wins in Budget

      AGRICULTURE is expected to be one of the beneficiaries of a high-spending and protectionist Budget announced in India yesterday (1 June).

      • Financial Times 02/06/98 page 4, page 17 (Editorial comment)

    • Venezuela looks forward to coffee lift

      FONCAF, Venezuelas state coffee fund, hopes to recover some of the estimated 320,000ha (790,709 acres) of abandoned coffee plantations. The countrys coffee exports are recovering from a dramatic slump.

      • Financial Times 02/06/98 page 26

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