Royal Show to grow despite virus

12 October 2001

Royal Show ‘to grow despite virus’

By FWi staff

THE Royal Agricultural Society of England says it is determined to develop the Royal Show despite a 2 million blow dealt to finances by foot-and-mouth.

RASE chief executive Mike Calvert said the society was committed to making its events programme fit the needs of 21st-century agriculture.

“Five years from now, we see food production remaining at the core of UK agriculture,” he said.

“But it will account for a smaller proportion of land use, with farming skills being used to provide other goods and services.

Mr Calvert said next years Royal Show would focus on industry challenges and would remain at the heart of country life.

It would address the needs of agriculture after foot-and-mouth and help to provide valuable answers for the future, he said.

As a means of providing those information needs, next years Royal Show is to be re-organised around six key areas.

Those are food production, rural business development, food showcase, rural environment opportunities, country lifestyle and equine.


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