Lyon calls for farm exit scheme
GEORGE LYON, president of the Scottish National Farmers Union, has called on the Government to devise a scheme which would farmers to leave the industry with dignity.
Lyon warned of grim times ahead for the industry, at a conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
He said: “Under Agenda 2000 we should be seeking to negotiate a decent deal that allows the industry to restructure in a managed way.”
But Lyon detected signs also of an upswing in the industry. He said it looked like interest rates had peaked. The strong Pound may have reached a plateau. There were also reports of cereal prices firming and progress on lifting the beef ban.
He said: We are probably near the bottom of the cycle but it is difficult to predict when the upturn will come. It could be six to nine months away.”
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- Browns massive body-blow to farmers – NFU, FWi, 29 July, 1998
- SNFU urges backing for early retirement, FWi, 6 May, 1998
- The Herald 17/09/98 page 27