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Government under attack at Great Yorkshire Show

Tuesday 08 July 2003

RESENTMENT at Government policies on agriculture is expected to boil over at the Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate today (Tuesday, July 8).

Unlike previous years, no Government minister is to visit the show - the biggest in the North of England - and this has already angered organisers and exhibitors.

Country Land and Business Association (CLA) regional director Dorothy Fairburn claims "this demonstrates their complete lack of interest in the rural economy."

She added: "At a time of unprecedented change and massive uncertainty facing Britain's farmers and landowners, it is extremely disappointing that no-one will be there," she said. "It shows they just don't care!"

There will also be an attack on recently announced reforms to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which, says one of the country's leading experts, have left farmers confused as to whom will receive any subsidies: the person who owns the land or the person who farms it.

The rural economist Prof. Allan Buckwell is to address a seminar and will say that "farmers face prolonged disruption to the land market and continuing uncertainty about the nature and effects of CAP reform for at least the next two years."


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