21 October 1998
‘EU ministers will duck making meaningful change’

EUROPEAN farm ministers will duck the decision to make meaningful change which would help the industry adjust to changing world trade.

That prediction was made by Professor John Marsh, former director of the Centre for Agriculture Strategy during the joint British Institute of Agricultural Consultants/Royal Agricultural Society of England conference, at Stoneleigh.

He said farm product prices were likely to continue their downward movement, but they would become more volatile, making the techniques for the management of uncertainty more important.

“The EU has to make some fundamental choices about the direction in which it is seeking to move policy. In simple terms, this means opting either for the minimal adjustment route or to acknowledge that the world really is changing.

“If you take that second view, this is politically extremely difficult but it would deliver a larger and more successful and prosperous agricultural sector.

  • The Herald 21/10/98 page 25