NFU demands EU aid against Sterling strength

22 August 1997

NFU demands EU aid against Sterling strength

NATIONAL Farmers Union president Sir David Naish protested that the strength of the Pound was threatening farmers livelihoods.

He demanded £900m of European Union aid over three years. Britain would have to put up half of the cash.

His call follows the 3.6% revaluation of the green pound.

He said the Sterling price of milk had fallen 14% and feed wheat by 28% in the past year. The 20% appreciation in Sterling over the past 12 months would reduce the value of agricultural output by £1.8bn this year.

The Ministry of Agriculture said it was aware of farmers problems, but said the sector had to operate within tight spending limits.

  • The Times 22/08/97 page 2

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