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Brown reveals plans for farming future

05 January 1999
Brown reveals plans for farming future

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Brown reveals plans for farming future

05 January 1999
Brown reveals plans for farming future

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Brown reveals plans for farming future

05 January 1999
Brown reveals plans for farming future

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Brown reveals plans for farming future

05 January 1999
Brown reveals plans for farming future

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Brown reveals plans for farming future

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Brown reveals plans for farming future

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Brown reveals plans for farming future

05 January 1999
Brown reveals plans for farming future

By FWi staff

AGRICULTURE Minister Nick Brown launched a major consultation process on the future of farming this morning (Tuesday) when he addressed the Oxford Farming Conference.

Mr Brown also revealed that next weeks one-day industry conference in London will not be the only meeting between farmers, environmentalists and consumers.

Mr Brown said he wanted to encourage widespread, open debate about the entire future of rural society in Britain, and not farming practices alone.

“Key decisions will soon be made which will affect rural communities for years to come,” he said.

“We are arranging a series of regional consultations to get as wide a range of views as we can.”

Mr Browns own views on the future of farming emphasise that high environmental and animal welfare standards must be an integral part of agricultural practices.

He also wants the forthcoming reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to encourage farmers to become more competitive.

That is likely to mean many farmers could have to contend with fewer subsidies and lower commodity prices.

But Mr Brown pledged to uphold the interests of family farms, warning that a more competitive industry would not mean ever-larger and more specialised holdings.

“Although the long-term trend towards larger farm size will continue, there should remain a place for the whole range of farm structures,” he said.

Nevertheless, smaller farmers who are unable to make a living from food production alone are likely to have to look for income from outside farming.

“The trend towards farmers looking to a range of sources of revenue to supplement commodity production will continue,” said Mr Brown.

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