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They say that unless prices rise many will no longer grow it – and that in turn will highlight the whole debate about whether Scotch should be made with Scottish barley.
David Houghton, member of the National Farmer’s Union Scotland and a cereal farmer from Easter Ross said that drastic action is required.
“On average it costs over £100 to produce a tonne of malting barley, yet farmers’ prices have consistently been £90 a tonne or less,” he said. “Understandably, many farmers are thinking twice about planting the crop. That has major implications.”
The price pressure is not restricted to farmers. The malting industry is suffering from a similar squeeze; two of Scotland’s malting facilities announced their closure in recent months – Muntons in Kirkcaldy and Greencore’s facility in Carnoustie.
The whisky industry’s commitment to Scottish grain has improved dramatically – 90 per cent of barley requirements are sourced from within Scotland.
The issue has also been raised in the Scottish Parliament.
Cut the crap and do what is best for all concerned.
That is indeed the grave problem with the European agricultural market - but it's at stake after last weeks shipwreck European summit in Brussels. Tony Blair is not everybody's darling, especially not of the French farmer's...MrTattieHeid wrote:The laws of supply and demand ought to take care of this over the long term, but apparently they do not.
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