§ Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the extensification scheme for organic farming.
§ Mr. Curry
My right hon. Friend the Minister has made clear the Government's intention to introduce a scheme under EC rules to help farmers who wish to convert to organic production. I hope that the European Commission's proposals on agriculture and the environment will provide the legal basis for the type of scheme we have in mind.
§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proposals he has for encouraging the growing and sale of agricultural and horticultural produce free of additives, pesticides and non-organic fertilisers.
§ Mr. Maclean
My right hon. Friend the Minister and this Department have been long-time supporters of organic farming.
We expect to commission research projects shortly in hill grazing of livestock and on a mixed arable and pig unit.
Research is already under way on pests and diseases in organic winter wheat.