Farming in South Holland to benefit from a share of £3billion funding post-Brexit
The Government’s pledge to earmark nearly £3billion of funding for farmers after Brexit has been welcomed by the NFU’s local branch chairman.
Chancellor Sajid Javid announced the funding to be used to support farmers once the UK leaves the EU, allowing them to ‘plan for the future, sow their crops and care for their livestock with confidence.’
Chris Carter, chair of the South Holland NFU (National Farmers’ Union), said: “This money is coming in to replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) money. The general public might be uncomfortable with the idea of subsidies to farmers, but you only have to look at the flooded fields around the area, while we are trying to provide quality food at relatively cheap prices. The money will also be used for environmental issues.”
The CAP direct payments scheme currently supports farmers across Europe with subsidies. When the UK leaves the EU this will be replaced by a new system based on public money for public goods.
Mr Javid said: “When we leave the EU and are freed from the Common Agricultural Policy, we will be able to support our vital rural communities – who are a cornerstone of life in the UK - with a fairer and less bureaucratic system. Farmers can enter the New Year with confidence that they have our backing and will be able to thrive after Brexit.”
The funding will be spread across two financial years, and new environmental projects will be a key expectation.
Mr Carter added: “The funding will be based against, to a great extent, environmental protection with the Government, the NFU and farmers working together, which is no bad thing. We are all trying to help each other. Historically, agriculture has not ‘created’ the countryside, but has augmented the countryside.”