Loss of small farms a national disgrace, says Charles


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.

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