§ Mr. Nicholas Baker
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to encourage farmers to use alternative crops for land to cereals currently in over supply within the European Economic Community.
§ Mr. Gummer
[pursuant to his reply, 3 December 1986; c. 665]: As an element in the package of measures needed to improve the balance between supply and demand for cereals, I am pressing for the Community to develop a scheme of voluntary land diversion, whereby incentives would be paid to those who choose an alternative use for land currently used to grow cereals. My Department has financed studies into alternative land uses and is pursuing research in those areas identified as providing good opportunities.