9 December 1999
Subsidy reform — reaction and analysis
FARM subsidies will be cut by up to 4.5% under a government initiative to raise money for rural development and environmental schemes for the countryside.
THE redirection of subsidies announced by agriculture minister Nick Brown falls under the European Union Rural Development Regulation.
FARMERS and environmental groups have clashed over the governments decision to divert farm subsidies from food production towards conservation.
GOVERNMENT plans to divert farm subsidies from food production towards conservation bring a mixed response from this mornings newspapers.
THE government has claimed that reducing farm subsidies will enable it to boost the funding of its agri-environment schemes by a massive £1 billion.
HILL farmers have been outraged by proposals to change the way that they are paid subsidies for farming in some of Britains most remote and harsh areas.