The green, green grass of home

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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