Archive Article: 1998/06/05

5 June 1998




ALL across the country farmers are responding to our "Just Say No" campaign, opposing government plans to levy an environmental tax on pesticides and fertiliser inputs.

Have you given the campaign your full backing too? If the thought of paying 125% duty on every pack of pesticide and every bag of fertiliser fills you with dread, complete the coupon below.

Our aim is to convince government, and environment minister Michael Meacher , in particular, that this tax is unfair, unscientific and unjustified.

Trying to reduce the environmental impact of inputs by taxing them out of the farmers reach is a crude, short sighted strategy. There is little to suggest it would benefit the environment, yet it would do untold damage to UK agriculture.

Responses from farmers, advisers and input suppliers alike will be equally welcome to show this government how wide of the mark it is with its enviro-tax plans.

Responses to our "Just say No" campaign will be presented to Mr Meacher in early July.

Dear Mr Meacher,

I object strongly to your plans to impose an environmental tax on pesticide and fertiliser inputs.

I believe it would do untold harm to UK farming and bring very little benefit for the environment.

I urge you to reconsider these plans.

Signed: ……………………………………..

Name: ………………………………………

Address:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

SEND TO: FARMERS WEEKLY, "Just Say No" Campaign, Quadrant House, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS or Fax to: 0181-652-4005.

OR

Bring you coupon along to the FARMERS WEEKLY stand at Cereals 98.

ENDS.256.WORDS.


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