18 August 1995

French beef aid soon

NATIONAL aids to French beef producers are expected to be paid in the next few days even though the legislation has not been finally approved by Brussels.

The scheme is designed to compensate farmers who have suffered from cheap imports in their markets due to adverse currency movements. Aid is to be paid on male slaughter cattle sold since Mar 15, based on the difference between 1994 and 1995 prices. Depending on the grade, initial payments are estimated to range from £15 to £89 a head, equivalent to half the assessed loss.

The NFU has condemned the aid, which it says could lead to a re-nationalisation of the CAP.

NFU president, Sir David Naish has, therefore, written to EU farm commissioner, Franz Fischler insisting no payments are made at least until farm ministers have passed the legislation.

at next months Council.