26 June 2000
The HGCA levy

FOR every 25-tonne load of grain that leaves the farm, the HGCA takes 40p/t, or 10.

When wheat was over 100/t, these deductions did not seem too unreasonable, although I always wondered where the money went.

Now, with wheat at 60/t, these charges are too high.

The HGCA produces some useful information, but I think a great many of their glossy pamplets and bumph is unnecessary. We just cannot afford them.

I have been pressing our local NFU to support me in this, but I am not too hopeful about the response from headquarters.

What does anyone else think?
PT Hughes, Little Sampford, Essex
Email:clerkes@farmersweekly.net