20 September 1996

Moorland scheme changes are rung

CHANGES to MAFFs moorland scheme, designed to attract a greater response from hill sheep producers, have been brought into effect.

Junior farm minister Tim Boswell confirmed this week that the new conditions will apply to agreements signed in 1996. The scheme, which attracted just 54 applications last year, aims to curb overgrazing.

The new conditions include an increase in the rate of payment from £25 a ewe to £30 ewe removed and grants for temporary fencing and bracken control.

Commoners may also be able to enter the scheme even when some active graziers do not wish to take part.