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Organic Fanning

Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what financial and other support he is making available for organic farming; what estimate he has made of the increased employment resulting from organic farming methods; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) on 16 January 1990, Official Report, columns 215–16, in which I set out the wide range of support for organic farming currently available or being planned. It is too early to estimate the increased level of employment likely to result from these initiatives and from the increase in market demand. However, we are anxious that the agricultural industry should respond to the market and ensure that a growing share of that market is met by United Kingdom production.