17 November 1995

Pigmens anger at MAFF refusal

MAFFs blunt refusal to provide financial aid to pig producers via the Capital Grant Scheme has provoked an angry response from ind-ustry representatives and producers.

Deputy farm minister Tony Baldry told the British Pig Ass-ociation Conference, in Peterbor-ough, that the governments objective was to cut, rather than increase, expenditure.

He quashed hopes of delaying the bans introduction, calling the idea a non-starter.

Grenville Welsh BPAs chief executive said: "We are extremely disappointed with the ministrys stance. It is wrong not to provide aid with conversion costs because the situation is of the govern- ments making."

NFU pig adviser Dafydd Owen said the ministrys refusal to help had reduced producer confidence. &#42