No deal will hit coun­try­side

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - POINTS OF VIEW -

In the New Year, we will be­gin to see the im­pli­ca­tions of how the po­lit­i­cal chaos sur­round­ing the pro­posed With­drawal Agree­ment will af­fect farm­ing, land man­age­ment and ru­ral busi­nesses.

A no deal Brexit would be dis­as­trous for the coun­try­side. At the CLA, we will do all we can to avert this even­tu­al­ity but it is im­per­a­tive that the in­dus­try, our sup­ply chains and the gov­ern­ment come to­gether to put emer­gency plans in place.

It is a pri­or­ity to en­sure once tran­si­tion be­gins in 2021, that a fund­ing black hole does not ap­pear as the Ba­sic Pay­ment Sys­tem (BPS) is grad­u­ally with­drawn.

An­other high pri­or­ity in the year ahead is how the farm pro­duc­tiv­ity pro­pos­als in the Agri­cul­ture Bill are rolled out. I am con­fi­dent that with ad­vice and in­put from the CLA, the gov­ern­ment can set out a suite of mea­sures that farms can tap into. I am less cer­tain that min­is­ters are press­ing for a suf­fi­cient bud­get.

Tim Bre­it­meyer,

CLA Pres­i­dent and farmer

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