8 February 2000
Gill calls for aid to help farms adapt

BEN Gill, the president of the National Farmers Union, opts for attack rather than defence in The Independent in response to a recent article that called for the phasing out of subsidies.

Mr Gill makes the point that farmings problems are largely caused by the strength of Sterling.

But he also says “society” has intervened in agriculture by, for example, demanding higher welfare standards, to drive up the costs of production.

He calls for “some limited, and degressive, aid to help our farms adapt”.