08 June 1998
Bring ewe payment forward, says NFU
By FWi staff
BEN Gill, National Farmers Union president, has written to the Department of Agriculture asking for the first advance ewe premium to be brought forward.
The payment doesnt usually reach farmers until the start of August, but the NFU has urged MAFF to give farmers access to the money as soon as possible in order to provide some short term relief to the ailing livestock sector.
FWi reported last week that a group of farmers visiting the European Union Commission learned that the aid was already with the UK Government and there was no reason why it couldnt be released immediately.