28 October 1998
Loss of small farms a ‘national disgrace’, says Charles
By FWi staff
PRINCE Charles has called the potential loss of small family farms in remote communities a national disgrace.
Speaking today (Wednesday) at the Soil Associations annual food awards in London, the Prince said described small-scale farmers as the backbone of rural culture and the most effective stewards of the land.
“They practice agriculture, not agri-industry, and the contribution they make to the nation is hugely under-valued,” said Prince Charles.
Recent research by NatWest Bank suggested that 25,000 of the countrys farmers could go out of business as a result of the current crisis in agriculture.