13 July 1999
BSE benefited farmers, says Walker

JIM Walker, president of the National Farmers Union of Scotland, was looking on the bright side yesterday (Monday) when he claimed the industry had benefited from the BSE crisis.

Mr Walker said the extra costs piled on the industry by the crisis could now be seen as an asset because “we now have a degree of traceability which is unmatched”.

He also believed the crisis had made farmers face up for the first time to the “cruel realities of the market”.

Mr Walker was speaking at the Scottish Agricultural Colleges annual awards ceremony.

  • The Herald 13/07/99 page 23