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Stackyard News Mar 06

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MOD Recognises "Integral Role" of Farm Tenants on the Defence Estate


The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the publication of the Defence Estate 2006 Strategy which recognises its farm tenants as important stakeholders.

TFA Chief Executive, George Dunn, said "Whilst recognising that the Defence Estate exists primarily to support the delivery of the nations defence capability, I am glad that the role of its farm tenants has been highlighted. Many tenants rely upon the land they rent from the Defence Estate to sustain their livelihoods".

The Estate Strategy requires that the needs of tenant farmers are understood and that their crucial role in the sustainable management of the rural estate is fully recognised. It also makes it clear that all dealings with tenants should be prompt and courteous.

"It is particularly pleasing that the Strategy speaks so positively about the Estate's tenants since earlier drafts of the Strategy, seen by the TFA, neglected to mention tenants at all. We requested that the authors of the Strategy address this omission which they have now clearly done" said Mr Dunn.

"The tenants on the Defence Estate provide the means for the Estate to meet its environmental and defence objectives and it is important that in return the MOD recognises the legitimate needs of its tenants to make a living from the land they farm" said Mr Dunn.

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