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Boost for tenant farmers

Thursday 05 June 2003

YORKSHIRE landowners have welcomed the recommendations of a new committee which was set up to study the often-vexed problems of the relationship between tenant farmers and their landlords.

"Its future depends on owners and tenants maintaining confidence in the system and in each other to build working relationships on a sound legal basis ," said Dorothy Fairburn, regional director of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

The Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) was set up with DEFRA and other interested bodies to strengthen the tenanted sector. Its report proposes a new look at how tenants of agricultural land can be helped to diversify, and reviews rent agreements and compensation for improvements.

"The CLA has been an active participant in the debate on the issues facing tenants. We recognise the vital contribution this sector makes to our farming industry and we welcome the overall conclusions and recommendations of this package," said Miss Fairburn.

Further details are available on www.cla.org.uk


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