Gove launches post-brexit vi­sion

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De­fra sec­re­tary Michael Gove launched the Agri­cul­ture Bill last month, set­ting out a post-brexit vi­sion of how farm­ers and land man­agers will in fu­ture be paid for “pub­lic goods”, such as bet­ter air and wa­ter qual­ity, im­proved soil health, higher an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards, pub­lic ac­cess to the coun­try­side and mea­sures to re­duce flood­ing.

An en­vi­ron­men­tal land man­age­ment sys­tem will re­place the sub­sidy sys­tem of di­rect pay­ments, which has been de­scribed by De­fra as “in­ef­fec­tive”.

The new sys­tem will be put into place next year and the Gov­ern­ment has pledged to work to­gether with farm­ers to de­sign, de­velop and trial the new ap­proach.

Com­ment­ing ahead of the pub­li­ca­tion of the bill, Sarah Lee, head of pol­icy at the Coun­try­side Al­liance, said: “The Al­liance recog­nises that pub­lic money for pub­lic goods is a fine prin­ci­ple, and we are sup­port­ive that money will be made avail­able for the many ben­e­fits farm­ing de­liv­ers for the pub­lic. We do, how­ever, wait with in­ter­est to see the de­tail of the bill.

“We wait to see whether the part­ner­ship be­tween field­sports and farm­ing in the de­liv­ery of so­cial, eco­nomic and con­ser­va­tion ben­e­fits has been recog­nised and re­warded. And we hope to see that the unique cul­tural and eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion of farm­ing in the up­lands has been suit­ably ac­counted for.”

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