Gills state of the industry address


2 July 2001



Gill’s ‘state of the industry’ address

By FWi staff

NATIONAL Farmers Union president Ben Gill is set to give his annual “state of the industry” report, detailing the fortunes of British agriculture.

The briefing, in London on Monday (2 July), will include details on how the industry is faring four months into the devastating foot-and-mouth crisis.

Mr Gill is also expected to comment on the prospects for recovery.

Traditionally, he presents his annual report at the Royal Show in Warwickshire. But the show was cancelled because of foot-and-mouth.

Mr Gill used the launch of last years report to step up the debate over rural Britain by insisting that farming must remain at the heart of the countryside.

The Royal Agricultural Society of England has revealed that cancelling this years show, which was to have been held this week, has cost it over 1 million.

Despite the losses, David Storrar, RASE Director of Exhibitions, said that the organisation was now focusing firmly on the future.

“There are obviously severe financial implications in cancelling the Royal Show, and these are estimated to be running into seven figures,” he said.

“Since April, our focus has been on re-developing the Royal Show for 2002 to make it even more relevant to the needs of the industry.”

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