14 November 2000
Gill to reveal toll of storms
By FWi staff
A FARMERS leader hopes to show farm minister Nick Brown the full extent of the devastation caused by recent storms at a meeting this week.
National Farmers Union president Ben Gill will present the minister with a report on the havoc caused by flooding when they meet on Thursday (16 November).
The NFU “dossier of chaos” identifies a catalogue of problems for farmers and growers from one end of the country to the other.
Worst-hit areas include the south-east and north-east of England and the West Midlands.
Mr Gill will tell the minister that one of the most serious consequences of the floods is likely to be the threat posed to next years harvest, says the NFU.
Some damage to farm buildings may be insured, but much of the damage caused on farms will have to be written off as uninsurable losses, and this could run into hundreds of millions of pounds.
Ben Gill said: “The floods have knocked Britains farmers and growers for six. It comes as yet another disaster on top of four dreadful years.
“I intend to bring the minister up-to-date on the impact of the weather on Britains farm businesses and how it might be possible to help.”
Mr Gill will discuss with the minister measures such as the earlier payment of Arable Area Payments and the way in which the AAP scheme is implemented.