30 June 1997
Cunningham set to meet farmers on their turf
Agriculture minister Jack Cunningham is expected to be confronted by farmers about the governments decision to reduce compensation for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by 11%, when he opens the Royal Agriculture Show in Warwickshire today.
Early reports suggest that Mr Cunningham will stress to farmers the need for less support
for the farming industry from European taxpayers.
But the National Farmers Union (NFU) will warn the government, in
anticipation of Wednesdays Budget, that there is no more fat to trim in the
sector. The NFU is lobbying the government for £720m in compensation for
the effect of the sharp revaluation of the green pound.