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Recent Rainfall Not Enough?

17 June 2011

U.K - The Country Land and Business Association have today announced that the recent rainfall is not enough to help recover from the recent drought and that sustained rainfall is needed to aid recovery.

CLA East Midlands Director Andrew Shirley has claimed that short, localised showers are not enough to help recover the damage, which occured in the spring and that failed crops and higher food prices should be expected.

Farm minister Jim Paice heard landowners concerns at Cereals 2011 in Lincolnshire.

Heavy rain is expected in the forthcoming weeks for parts of England, however this is not enough to recover the damage.

The government is currently looking at ways of encouraging farmers to develop more sophisticated uses for water and providing them with the means for practising these methods after another dry spring.

Mr Paice said the government was looking at extending grant support to farmers who had shown interest in building reservoirs to store water in preparation for more dry seasons.

The government is also looking at making abstraction licences tradable, which would mean farmers could sell abstraction rights to other growers, therefore delagating more responsibilities to farmers.

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