7 June 2002

Ag web-site shuts down

FARMGATE, the agricultural web-site, has been shut down.

Owner CMP Information, which also publishes Farmers Guardian, finally pulled the plug last week.

Agricultural publishing director Peter Walker, who joined after the decision had been made, said: "I understand the company wants to concentrate on its core publishing areas."

The move follows the removal of the sites web trading facility last year, when CMPs parent company United Business Media said it wished to "refocus the web-site on the provision of news and information".

Former Farmgate editor Richard Saunders said: "The writing had been on the wall since the operation was downsized last July. To be honest, there was very little left."

But he questioned the decision to totally withdraw from electronic media. &#42