11 March 1998
Barley users demand quality assurance schemes
BARLEY end-users are moving towards buying supplies only from farm-assured
growers and farmers, UK Agricultural and Supply Trade Association director Jim Reed has warned.
Mr Reed said farmers complying with quality assurance schemes will find it easier to sell their grain.
But low prices are besetting the industry with an estimate that more
than 1.2 million tonnes of feed barley will soon be in intervention stores — some
25% of that from Scotland.
Mr Reed suggested farmers would have to get used to prices of about £70/t
and he urged them to look at cutting fixed costs.
Jeremy Saunders, chief executive of the Central Farmers co-operative, said
agrochemical prices might be 10% cheaper this spring but fertiliser prices were
unlikely to change apart from nitrogen which would incur a steep rise because of
an import levy.
- The Scotsman 11/03/98 page 29