§ 20. Mr. Harvey
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what measures are being taken to safeguard the livelihoods of marginal hill farmers in Wales after the 43 per cent. fall in agricultural incomes last year.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The net farm income of hill and upland farms in Wales for 1985–86 is now forecast to decline by much less than the 43 per cent. national figure. The Government have already taken action to safeguard the livelihoods of farmers in hill areas by significantly increasing the hill livestock compensatory allowances for 1986 and by granting fodder aid in those areas most severely affected by last summer's poor harvest.