Crown Estate pledges virus help


10 July 2001



Crown Estate pledges virus help

By FWi staff

CROWN Estate tenant farmers whose livelihoods have been hit by foot-and-mouth have been promised help by their landlords to overcome the crisis.

This pledge came as the Crown Estate reported agricultural turnover in the year to 31 March down 2.8% to 17.3 million.

Disease, poor weather, and currency rates caused this slump in the fortunes of its 440 tenant farmers, said the estate in its annual report to Parliament.

Combined, these created “one of the UKs worst farming years for decades”, said the report.

Livestock were culled on 31 of the estate farms. Losses are expected to be worse for the current financial year when the full impact becomes clear.

Crown Estate chairman Sir Denys Henderson said: “Our first concern has been for our tenant farmers affected by the outbreak, several of whom have livestock which has been subject to extensive culling.

“Our sympathies go out to them and their families. We will be working with them to help them in the short-term and as they plan their future.”

However, despite the problems in agriculture, residential holdings and demand for minerals helped increase overall net revenue by 11.1% to 147.7m.

The Crown Estate is part of the hereditary possessions of the Sovereign. However, the profit is paid to the Exchequer for the benefit of taxpayers.

It incorporates an urban estate including prestigious London holdings, 120,000ha of agricultural land and extensive marine assets.

Five new cases of foot-and-mouth were reported on Monday (09 July), including two in Cumbria and three in North Yorkshire.

The total number of UK outbreaks now stands at 1832.

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