28 September 1998
‘Put your money where your mouth is,’ farmers will tell Ministers
By FWi staff
FARM leaders are to urge Agriculture Ministers to “put their money where their mouths are” after the Government acknowledged there was a case to be made for increasing financial aid to farmers.
The Government must demonstrate its commitment to agriculture, NFU Deputy President Tony Pexton will tell delegates during a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference tonight.
“The industry has invested heavily to meet the growing challenges placed on food producers,” Mr Pexton said.
“But with farm incomes at their lowest levels for decades, farmers need their efforts to be supported by Government.”
The meeting, which will be held at the Claremont Hotel on Blackpools North Promenade, will also be addressed by Junior Agriculture Minister Elliot Morley.
The NFU call for cash comes the day after Agriculture Minister Nick Brown told farmers that the Government finally accepted there was case for increasing compensation payments to offset the effects of the strong Pound.