29 October 1999

Objective 5b farmers offered free reviews

FARMERS in EU Objective 5b areas of north-west and south-west Wales are being offered free business reviews.

The Welsh Development Agency initiative, which is being financed by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, will identify potential diversifications that might attract EU capital grants.

Each farm will receive three visits from Axient Farm Consultancy staff, who will carry out a complete analysis of the units financial and technical performance.

Actions needed

This will be the basis for recommending actions needed to achieve personal and business objectives. Diversification opportunities and the grants available will also be highlighted.

Axient Consultancy business leader, Paul Jandrell, said the scheme was a unique chance for farmers to identify areas of business that can be improved. Many must become more professional and business minded if they want to survive and prosper in future.

Farmers are being urged to contact Freephone 0800-3897275 to as soon as possible to apply for reviews as capital grants must be awarded before Dec 31. &#42