1 November 1996

Upland policy under review

MAFF is to launch a consultation paper on the future of hill farming, which will look at the environmental schemes available to upland farmers.

Richard Cowan, MAFFs head of livestock division, stressed the government wanted to maintain its support for hill farming but agreed it was time to see whether aid could be better targeted.

Nick Milton, Wildlife Trusts agricultural campaigner, welcomed the review, saying it was the first time for many years that MAFF was prepared to review its upland farm policy.n