06 November 1998
Tenant farmers want HLCAs doubled

By FWi staff

THE Tenant Farmers Association has called on MAFF to double hill livestock compensatory allowance payments made to farmers in upland areas.

The request follows a nationwide survey of 150 TFA members which showed that average net farm income fell 53% in the past 11 years to a level of just over £7000.

The survey found 20% of farmers were surviving on reduced or falling incomes and had little confidence in the future. Many farmers expected incomes to fall another 12% in the next year.

“These survey results make extremely depressing reading,” said TFA chairman Reg Haydon. “The plight of our hill farmers is very clear for all to see.”

The TFA has also asked the government to extend the Calf Processing Aid Scheme beyond 30 November and to relax the over-30-month scheme weight limit for suckler cows.

The Ministry of Agricultures annual review of hill-farm incomes will be published later in the year.