The green, green grass of home
HOW strange that Agromenes’s views on farming in New Zealand (‘The grass isn’t greener down under’, March 1) are so different to my experience and knowledge, but then he’s clearly a supporter of permanent subsidies and the Common Agricultural Policy, which has been a hugely expensive mistake, not just for the EU, but for how it has restricted opportunities to eliminate poverty in the developing world.
I was born in New Zealand and have family and friends out there, including farmers, who keep me well informed. Agriculture is vitally important to the economy and when subsidies were phased out about 30 years ago, against all the usual predictions, farmers were quick to adapt to market demands. They also had the incentive to improve efficiency and productivity. The business has grown and farming has prospered as a result. Paul Knocker, Isle of Wight