Paulatic wrote:Im interested to know in what way you think it will be beneficial to farming.
The only reason I had a job for the last 30 yrs was because an eu payment was propping it up coupled with exports to Europe.
I said *could* be beneficial. I think that the EU subsidies are poorly designed for British farming needs, and the British countryside. Some EU subsidies require that land be kept clear, and others support unsustainable farming practices.
I would prefer that for example, instead of paying for cleared and fallow land, subsidies support the regeneration of habitat. This could be combined with existing grant programmes for such things as lark meadows, and hedge planting. They system could be simplified instead of applying for funds separately. Farmers could be paid for innovation, for participating in R&D, or for training future farmers.
A new subsidy system could be designed to support both food and farm
needs, and bring local food to local markets. Apple and Pear farming could be revived, for example, instead of importing apples from Italy, Spain, and further afield. The price of milk could be subsidised and revive dairy farming, instead of driving dairy farmers out of business. Personally, I think that the Common Agriculture Policy
has done more harm than good. The subsidies are currently designed to support particular crops, which may not be the best for British markets, British farmers, or the countryside.
But even if the government only replace the existing subsidies, it will save money, because the UK currently pay more into CAP than British farmers receive back.
Unfortunately, it is extremely complex, and detangling the web of subsidies and tariffs will be difficult to manage effectively. It could very easily end up worse than CAP, but there is a good opportunity to create something better.
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