5 May 1995

Co-operate – UKASTA

BRITAINS fragmented trade organisations must "bite the bullet" and rationalise to strengthen the voice of British agriculture.

Don Phillips, new chairman of the United Kingdom Agricultural Supply Trade Association told its annual conference at St Austell, Cornwall, that not so long ago there were 250,000 farmers. But by 2000, only 50,000 would account for over 90% of farm output. Already there were far fewer companies in the industries supporting agriculture. Yet food and farming was supported by more than 70 trade organisations.

"We are all in the same boat, arguing about its course, scarcely noticing that the boat is getting smaller and may not carry us all much further," he warned. &#42