5 May 1995

Good deed nightmare

A BUREAUCRATIC nightmare has overtaken Oxfordshire farmer Charles Peers.

The trouble started when he offered part of his farm as the venue for a Young Farmerss Club county show and rally to be held this summer.

Despite offering free use of some of his set-aside, Mr Peers has been told by MAFF, he is breaching IACS rules. Because the YFC will make a profit on the show, which is given to charity, MAFF argued non set-aside land must be used.

"This offer to give practical help to the young farmers is going to cost me far more than I had ever bargained for," said Mr Peers, who is trying to find a use for set-aside for show car parking.