DEFRA’s plan for post-EU land and farming subsidies based on “blind optimism”

UK Parliament
Monday, January 10, 2022
Plans for the scheme to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy depend on changes in land use that bring both increased farm productivity and environmental benefits, but in a report published today the Public Accounts Committee says Defra itself concedes “its confidence in the scheme looks like blind optimism”. Defra has given no detail about how either the necessary productivity increases or environmental benefits will be brought about, nor how these will offset the new Environmental Land Management Scheme’s dramatic effect on English farmers, who will see their income from direct payments reduce by more than half by 2024-25.
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