Cereals could cause rural gloom

12 August 1998

Cereals could cause rural gloom

A POOR performance in the cereal industry could have major repercussions throughout the rural economy.

Poor yield, poor quality and low prices have left many producers considering maximising their set-aside next year, the Perth area of the National Farmers Union of Scotland was told.

Cereals delegate Ian McLaren said the weather and the strong Pound were the main problems.

A Methven farmer also warned of the consequences for livestock. The meeting was concerned about the Scottish Office holding back IACS payments next year if mapping and other issues had to be resolved. It demanded that the penalty should not be invoked.

  • The Scotsman 12/08/98 page 27

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