Britain launches session on future farm coverage

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s farming and atmosphere minister Michael Gove on Tuesday launched a session which might result in the phasing out of direct funds to English farmers with funds redirected to a brand new scheme paying “public money for public goods”.

Farmers presently obtain earnings assist via the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which is predicated on the quantity of land a farmer owns, not how a lot they produce.

The session is searching for views on the best way to progressively part out the funds, beginning with the most important landowners. The vary of public items that would qualify for funding embody excessive animal welfare requirements, wildlife safety, public entry and new applied sciences.

“As we leave the EU, we have a historic opportunity to deliver a farming policy which works for the whole industry,” Gove mentioned in an announcement.

“Today we are asking for the views of those who will be affected to make sure we get this right so any future schemes reflect the reality of life for fames and food producers.”

Britain’s government has dedicated to take care of the present degree of farm spending to the tip of this parliament in 2022. The distribution of these funds can, nevertheless, change.

The session paper solely covers England. Agriculture in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is the accountability of the devolved administrations of these states.

Britain is because of depart the EU on March 29, 2019.

The session will run for 10 weeks, closing on May eight.

Reporting by Nigel Hunt, enhancing by David Evans

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