14 June 1996

ESA payments rise

PAYMENTS to farmers in the Cotswolds Hills environmentally sensitive area are set to rise by an average of 16%.

The increase follows a review of payments in six ESAs designated in 1994. The NFU welcomed the move and said the extra payments would now provide an incentive for landowners to join the scheme. It had expressed concern that the six ESAs under review had attracted a low response from farmers.

But on a visit to the Cotswolds Hills ESA junior farm minister Tim Boswell said the scheme had got off to a great start with a lot of work actively underway.

Junior farm minister Tim Boswell (left) admires the stonewalling skills shown by Malcolm Malim.