FUW leader fears huge increase in CAP red tape
Addressing the union's annual general meeting at Aberystwyth, Mr Jones said: "A decade ago we were told that the abolition of headage payments would reduce red tape for farmers and I was looking forward to seeing the back of the head counts and form-filling which accompanied the old system.
"Well, I don’t suppose I receive any fewer phone calls from farmers complaining about inspections and paperwork than my predecessors did under the old regime.
"In fact, I’d put money on the fact that I receive more.
"Now, on the eve of a new CAP, I am tempted to get rid of my mobile phone altogether - I don’t know if both my or the phone's batteries will be able to take it.
"What was promised by the European Commission would be a simplified CAP next year will elevate red tape to a new unprecedented level."
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