Call for zero set-aside rate
PIG producers claim there is a strong case for a zero set-aside rate next year.
John Godfrey, chairman of the British Pig Association, said market conditions now reveal an acute cereal shortage and the set-aside level should reflect that.
"The relevance of setting aside productive land in the next year must be challenged," said Mr Godfrey. He described the European Commissions proposal for a "marginal reduction" to 9% or 10% as "inadequate" and called for an urgent review.
The BPA also wants the commission to resist demands to release grain for export in the early months of this cereal year, until officials are satisfied EU requirements are being fully met.