12 November 2001
Farming costs taxpayers ‘too much’

TAXPAYERS are paying too high a price to support an inefficient farming industry, claim the governments rural advisors.

In a hard-hitting report, the Countryside Agency calls for subsidies to be diverted to help the wider rural community, reports The Guardian.

The report is made to the commission on the future of farming and food, set up during the foot-and-mouth outbreak under the chairmanship of Sir Don Curry.

Meanwhile, foxhunting is set to resume in areas free from foot-and-mouth, reports The Daily Telegraph.

This follows the completion of a veterinary risk assessment report commissioned by the government.

Defra has designated that only Durham, Northumbria and Cumbria are still suffering from foot and mouth.

  • The Guardian, 12 November, 2001, page 11
  • The Daily Telegraph, 12 November, 2001, page 1