APR 01] RASE NEWS
Royal Show Cancelled
top agricultural show, The Royal Show, has been cancelled due to
the Foot and Mouth crisis.
annual farming showpiece, which normally attracts around 180,000
visitors each year, was due to take place at Stoneleigh's Royal
Agricultural Showground from 2 - 5 July. Apart from the Second
World War this will be the first year it has not been held since
of the event, The Royal Agricultural Society of England,
reluctantly decided to halt this year's show because they did
not want to increase the risks of the disease spreading by
encouraging the movement of livestock exhibits.
Chief Executive, Mike Calvert said:
wish that we never had to make this decision. We have
considered running the exhibition without livestock, but felt
this would be inappropriate as the Royal Show has farming at
its core and remains first and foremost an agricultural
business exhibition for the whole industry".
he added a note of optimism:
have no doubt that there will be an agricultural industry at
the end of this, and the inevitable changes will bring
opportunities. Although we cannot stage the Royal Show this
year, the RASE is determined to help the industry look forward
and plan for the future.
kick-start this we will be holding a high-profile business
event to unite all sectors of the farming industry. This
Exhibition, AgriVision - focusing on the future of farming,
will give a boost to the industry and provide a forum for
British agriculture and food production."
Society will be holding AgriVision - focusing on farming's
future, on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th December 2001 at the