27 March 1998

Opportunities for industrial products

EUROPEAN farmers have increasing opportunities to supply alternative crops for industrial use, according to NFU president Ben Gill.

Addressing an international alternative crops conference in Brussels today (Friday), Mr Gill said agriculture had a vital role to play in supplying industry with clean biodegradable raw materials.

Crop products, such as wheat and potato starch, rapeseed oil and flax fibre all had massive potential in industry, with applications as diverse as paint production and the manufacture of lubricants and fuel. &#42