20 April 1998
Casualties imminent as the market tightens

THE worsening economic plight of many farmers, who only two years ago were enjoying high prices, is portrayed by The Scotsman. agricultural columnist Fordyce Maxwell.

He says many are looking at their business to see whether to “simply adopt the oldest cost-cutting path of all and spend as little as possible while staying in business” or to decide that “enough is enough”.

Fordyce Maxwell says both arable and dairy farmers are suffering. He forecasts that this year will be worse.

Maxwell said despite pressure from farmers, the supermarkets have returned to using imported meat because its cheaper and they are in business. Picket leaders have been warned that they could face private prosecution.

  • The Scotsman 20/04/98 page 18 (Farming)