Shadow Defra Secretary says sale of council farms is 'short sighted'.

Shadow Defra Secretary, Mary Creagh, told journalists at the Oxford Farming Conference that the decision by a number of county coucils to sell off their starter farms will have a massive knock-on-effect on the industry.

“What I am worried about is because of the current financial crisis and the huge cut that has been hoisted onto councils by central Government, it is forcing councils to take short term decisions that will have a long term impact on agriculture in this country,” she said.

“If people don’t see routes into farming for their sons and daughters, it will have a knock on effect.”

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