Minister looks at extra organic aid

8 January 2001

Minister looks at extra organic aid

By FWi staff

MILLIONS of pounds of extra subsidies could be paid to organic farmers if proposed stewardship schemes get the go-ahead.

Organic and landscape stewardship schemes have been put forward by Professor Tim ORiordan of the University of East Anglia.

Speaking at the annual Soil Association conference at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Prof ORiordan said this would help cope with higher rainfall and climate change.

The BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme reports that the initiative would cost 125 million a year.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Farm Minister Nick Brown said a meeting would be held with supermarket chiefs to consider the idea.

He said the time was right for an organic stewardship scheme rewarding producers for protecting the environment.

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