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Diversify or go under, farmers told

20 January 1999
Diversify or go under, farmers told

FARMERS must diversify or face going out of business, MPs at the House of Commons Agricultural Select Committee warned yesterday …more…
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Diversify or go under, farmers told

20 January 1999
Diversify or go under, farmers told

FARMERS must diversify or face going out of business, MPs at the House of Commons Agricultural Select Committee warned yesterday (Tuesday).

The committee said that conserving rural scenery and wildlife could become an alternative work option for farmers.

Forestry and timber products, food manufacturing and marketing, tourism and even light industry are possibilities which should be considered, said MPs.

Peter Luff, committee chairman, said that in a few years most farmers could be receiving payments from taxpayers for acting as environmental guardians.

But the committee felt that the Government could be slow to push through such changes.

The MPs conclusions come in a report on the European Commissions proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and introduce new countryside policies.

The MPs called for rural development policies and the administration of subsidies for environment-friendly farming to be devolved from Brussels to the nations and regions of Britain.

But they fear other member-states will use the new policies and subsidies for green farming and rural development to give their farmers an unfair advantage.

The MPs also said plans to increase EU spending on rural development would not be enough.

  • The Times 20/01/99 page 19 (Editorial)
  • The Independent 20/01/99 page 11
  • Financial Times 20/01/99 page 11
  • The Herald 20/01/99 page 24
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Diversify or go under, farmers told

20 January 1999
Diversify or go under, farmers told

FARMERS must diversify or face going out of business, MPs at the House of Commons Agricultural Select Committee warned yesterday …more…
todays news



Agrimonetary Euro rate = £0.7000
Creditworthy customers?
FWi Company Check gives peace of mind
Making Money out of Beef – MLC report
Click here for a summary
MLC Interactive Beef Management programme
ADAS, CLA and NFU membership services
Click the logos
    



    Read more on:
  • News

Diversify or go under, farmers told

20 January 1999
Diversify or go under, farmers told

FARMERS must diversify or face going out of business, MPs at the House of Commons Agricultural Select Committee warned yesterday (Tuesday).

The committee said that conserving rural scenery and wildlife could become an alternative work option for farmers.

Forestry and timber products, food manufacturing and marketing, tourism and even light industry are possibilities which should be considered, said MPs.

Peter Luff, committee chairman, said that in a few years most farmers could be receiving payments from taxpayers for acting as environmental guardians.

But the committee felt that the Government could be slow to push through such changes.

The MPs conclusions come in a report on the European Commissions proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and introduce new countryside policies.

The MPs called for rural development policies and the administration of subsidies for environment-friendly farming to be devolved from Brussels to the nations and regions of Britain.

But they fear other member-states will use the new policies and subsidies for green farming and rural development to give their farmers an unfair advantage.

The MPs also said plans to increase EU spending on rural development would not be enough.

  • The Times 20/01/99 page 19 (Editorial)
  • The Independent 20/01/99 page 11
  • Financial Times 20/01/99 page 11
  • The Herald 20/01/99 page 24
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