The Tenant Farmers Association's National Chairman, Reg Haydon,
will be at
the South West's premier, summer, agricultural event - the Royal
|Royal Cornwall Show 2005
"The Royal Cornwall Show is great because it is still rooted
It remains very much a farmers' show and it is a great place to
meet many of
our existing members and to sign on new members," said Mr
Late receipt of Single Payment Scheme (SPS) money, problems with
agri-environment schemes, decreasing milk prices and continuing
with bovine tuberculosis (TB) have all created a difficult environment
within which farmers in the South West have had to operate.
"The TFA has been working hard through the spring and early
summer to ensure
that the Government got the much needed SPS payments out to farmers.
know that there is much more to do for both 2005 and 2006 payments.
keep up the pressure on the Government until the last farmers receive
that they are due. The TFA has already put down a firm marker that
should be an early interim payment for the 2006 scheme," said
The Government clearly made some big mistakes in the way it has
run the SPS,
not least in its decision to use a dynamic hybrid model.
"I am sure the House of Commons Select Committee and National
inquiries will take us to the heart of what went wrong. However,
we do not
need an inquiry to tell us that the Government's handling of the
which so badly affects the South West, has been shameful. It is
that a Government, which says it believes in animal welfare, allows
thousands of cattle to contract TB from infected badgers so that
to be slaughtered. I see the human suffering amongst farmers and
families as they face this terrible disease with no means to deal
The science, which says we have to cull TB infected badgers over
period of time in a large area, may be unpalatable but years of
brought us to this point. We cannot have this issue kicked off
long grass any longer; we must have a decision to cull TB infected
now," said Mr Haydon.
"Despite the problems I know that farmers in the South West
are a resilient
bunch and that there is a great tradition of local food. The Royal
Show is a great showcase for that tradition and I am looking forward
being a part of it," said Mr Haydon.
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