Tuesday, January 24, 2006

"English farmers, the poor relations"

From icWales:
FARMERS on the English side of the border still have no idea when they will receive any of their first Single Farm Payment.

Welsh farmers received 80% of their money before Christmas, and 62% of Scottish farmers and 75% of those in Northern Ireland banked their first payments last month.

But a report yesterday by an all-party committee of MPs said Government officials at Defra failed to plan for the new system in England.

As a result, taxpayers face extra costs and farmers find themselves the poor relations among the British farming community.

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