6 September 1996

MAFF to face farm-save case

MAFF faces a High Court challenge over the special conditions imposed on farm-saved rapeseed under arable area payments rules.

The move comes after a Northants farmer had his £15,000 set-aside area payment for last year refused because oilseed rape seed was not saved from the pre-sowing harvest.

MAFFs IACS rules state that farm-saved rapeseed must have a glucosinolate content of 18 micromoles/g or less. They also indicate that payments will only be made to those planting farm-saved seed taken from the pre-sowing harvest.

But Northants land agents, Samuel Rose, is planning to seek a judicial review, on the grounds that MAFF has interpreted EU rules beyond the discretion allowed.

David Meredith, director and farm management specialist for Samuel Rose, said the relevant Commission regulation requires MAFF to enforce testing for glucosinolate content and it was not open to member states to include further requirements. &#42