En­vi­ron­ment set to be firmly on the farm­ing agenda after Bri­tain’s exit from the EU

Country Smallholding - - News -

AS CON­CERNS con­tinue over the fu­ture of fund­ing streams for landown­ers after Brexit, green shoots of hope ap­pear in the news that the Pay­ment by Re­sults (PBR) pi­lot project in Nor­folk, Suf­folk and North York­shire will be the first agri-en­vi­ron­ment scheme di­rectly funded by the UK, writes Kim Stod­dart.

Michael Gove has an­nounced that, in the fu­ture, all the fund­ing for the PBR will come from De­fra di­rectly, with a £540,000 boost an­nounced to en­able the trial pro­gramme to con­tinue for an­other three years after its EU fund­ing runs out at the end of this year.

The an­nounce­ment has been made since the gov­ern­ment’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion of fu­ture farm­ing pol­icy fol­low­ing Brexit. Mr Gove has said: “This ap­proach sig­nals how we see the fu­ture of farm pay­ments, where farm­ers de­liver pub­lic goods for the en­vi­ron­ment which we all en­joy.”

While it is too early to tell how the scheme would im­pact di­rectly on small­hold­ers, those in the in­dus­try see it as a hope­ful sign that en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions are at least now be­ing taken more se­ri­ously.

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