£4085 for a desk
FARM minister, Jack Cunninghams, new desk cost £4085 + VAT – the equivalent of six months income for a hill farm.
Dr Cunningham said the desk he had been using was unsuitable and had been left behind by a retired official. And he added that no other desk met his needs.
But for the cost of his desk Dr Cunningham could have paid for:
• A hill farming familys living for six months.
• 10 producers to convert to organic production over a five-year period.
• Creation and improvement of 2km (1.25 miles) of hedgerow.
• Enough personal protective equipment for 39 sheep dippers.
• 128 prime lambs.