Brown acts on sheep crisis

02 September 1999

Brown acts on sheep crisis

By FWi staff

SHEEPMEAT private storage aid (PSA) could be on the cards after Agriculture Minister Nick Brown stepped in today (Thursday) to ease the current sheep crisis.

The minister has asked the European Commission to look at PSA tenders for UK sheepmeat, he announced today.

He has also asked farm commissioner Franz Fischler to bring forward the next EC sheep management committee meeting to speed up the process.

Under PSA, meat is stored to take it out of circulation to allow the markets to stabilise and prices to rise.

Mr Browns announcement comes two weeks after the NFU pressed for sheepmeat PSA in an action plan for the sheep industry; and a day after the Meat and Livestock commission put forward a plan for disposal of 400,000 ewes.

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