20 October 1995

Learn from Washington

BRUSSELS should learn from Washington when fixing the rotational set-aside rate, says the Grain and Feed Trade Association.

Adopting a system similar to that used in the US would end the "ridiculously long time", EU farmers have to wait before a rate is set, said trade policy manager Sarah Nightingale.

"In the United States the set-aside rate for wheat is set in June, which provides farmers with a greater degree of certainty at an earlier stage," she said.

"If the ratio of stocks to usage is less than 40% the United States Department of Agriculture has the right to set the rate at between 0 and 15%. If the ratio is over 40% it can set the rate between 10 and 20%. The preliminary rate is announced on June 1 and the final rate on July 31." &#42