Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Farmers Should Use Net to Sell Stock'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Farmers Should Use Net to Sell Stock'

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Byline: JO REVILL

FARMERS should be encouraged to be more entrepreneurial, even selling their animals over the internet, the Government's rural recovery coordinator is expected to say today.

Lord Haskins, chairman of Northern Foods who in the past has accused farmers of over-reliance on subsidy, is expected to argue that farmers need some short-term financial assistance to help them recover from the foot-and-mouth crisis.

He is to set out his proposals this morning for the rural recovery of the worst- hit areas such as Cumbria, where tourism has been badly affected, and many farmers are facing financial disaster.

The foot-and-mouth outbreak, which was first seen in February, has already cost the Government [pound]2 billion, and the Treasury will be unwilling to commit to any longterm support, particularly with the prospect of an economic downturn ahead.

Lord Haskins is expected to say today that farmers should rely less on traditional livestock markets, one of the routes through which the disease first spread, and should be more entrepreneurial, using the internet to buy and sell animals. …

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