Why not the whole truth?
Why not the whole truth?
Another heartbreaking press release (11/4/07) from the Farmers Union for Wales. It reads :
The first estimates of Welsh aggregate agricultural output and income for 2006 reveals total income from Welsh farming has fallen by approximately £44m (29 per cent) between 2005 and 2006.
"The figures highlight the crippling effect that higher fuel prices coupled with the ever mounting costs of keeping up with EU legislation and bureaucracy is having on farm incomes," said FUW President Gredu Hagan.
"Whilst our costs have increased substantially our product prices have stayed the same and these estimates emphasise the impact that low margins are having on farm incomes."
That was the year before last. Unfortunately they have not mentioned the figures for last year 2006 -07. They show an astonishing turnaround as described in an EDM I tabled a month ago.
That this House notes that none of the farming unions have mentioned the seven times inflation increase in farm incomes in 2006-07 compared with 2005-06; notes that the average increase in all farming types was 24.6 per cent., with larger increases of 33 per cent. in mixed farming, 88 per cent. in lowland grazing livestock, 119 per cent. in general cropping and 120 per cent. in cereals; regrets that only the 19 per cent. decrease in the dairy sector has been mentioned in 10 Early Day Motions; and calls for balance from farming lobbyists and a reassessment of the farm tax which takes £540 a year from the average family, very few of whom have enjoyed a doubling of their incomes in this period.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of changes in the average income of farmers in each sector of the farming industry in each of the last five years. 
Barry Gardiner: The average net farm income for all types of farms in the United Kingdom is expected to be around £20,600 in 2006-07, about 20 per cent. higher than 2005-06 in real terms. Incomes are forecast to have doubled for cereals and general cropping farms due to better prices for crops, while lowland livestock farms and mixed farms also benefited from improved prices. Specialist poultry, specialist pigs and dairy farm incomes are expected to fall, as are incomes for less favoured area (LFA) grazing livestock farms. Figures for the net farm income by type of farm in each of the last five years are shown in the following tables.