18 February 1998
Dairy aid hopes run dry

LORD SEWEL, Scottish agriculture minister, said there would be no immediate Government aid for dairy farmers, despite the problems in the milk sector.

In a speech at Slagnow Farm, near Castle Douglas, Lord Sewel said he did not feel the argument was strong for agri-monetary compensation based on a single years figures, but it was something that would be kept under review.

Tom Thomson, convener of the NFUs milk committee, said milk prices were down 23% on the year, and it looked as though there would be another cut in April.

Lord Sewel also offered little hope to the rendering and knackering industries.

  • The Scotsman 18/02/98 page 30