TMMF Ltd
Farminguk
27 August 2016 | Online since 2003
Scrutton Bland


22 January 2014 06:28:38 |

Union meets farming minister over CAP


Representatives of NFU Scotland have held their first face-to-face meeting with UK farming minister George Eustice MP, since his appointment to the post last autumn.
NFUS President Nigel Miller and Chief Executive Scott Walker met the minister in Westminster where CAP Reform implementation, convergence funding and coupling were on the agenda.
On convergence, NFUS members across Scotland were justifiably appalled when Defra Secretary of State, Owen Paterson chose in November 2013 not to use new European money to lift Scotland’s poor support levels. Following legal advice, NFUS made a request, under Freedom of Information, asking Defra to provide details on how it had arrived at that budgetary decision. A response to that request has been received and is being studied by NFUS to establish if there is a legal route to challenge the decision.
A review of budgetary allocations has been promised by Defra, and NFUS is keen to firm up on timetables and terms of reference for that review, scheduled to start in 2016.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Miller said: “The budgetary allocation announcement angered many Scottish farmers. With the promised review, the UK Government has accepted the situation can change but we need to firm up on the timetable and establish the review parameters.
“We believe a solid roadmap on convergence must be established, the review completed with urgency and a clear timetable set for bringing parity in budgets between all the regions of the UK. We remain convinced that a convergence process is fundamental to a truly common policy and the delivery of fair area support. Without it, Scottish farms will always be at a competitive disadvantage.
“We also wanted to impress on the minister the importance that coupling payments might have in mitigating the impact of CAP Reform and significantly reduced support budgets in Scotland.
“The UK has the ability to open the door for coupled area top up support to be used in Scotland’s huge rough grazing area. Such an approach, targeting support to active producers, may solve Scotland’s rough grazing trap which could, if unchecked, destock some of the most productive hills and vulnerable uplands.
“But with time closing in on the reform process, decisions need to be made now.
“Both convergence and coupling have the potential to solve real problems in delivering CAP reform in Scotland’s hills. It will also benefit every Scottish producer as, by using our limited budget more efficiently, it will help determine the area payment levels all over Scotland.
“The UK role in Scotland’s CAP reform implementation is limited but it controls the foundation of support - the budget. And through coupling, it controls a vital lever that allows support to be targeted at production.
“Today was a very welcome opportunity to discuss these issues with the minister and his staff.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Canada | 26 August 2016
Canadian beef exports to EU in limbo over E. coli dispute

If differences of opinion over food safety practices are not resolved, the big promises of a new European market for Canadian beef may be a pipe dream. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreemen...


India | 26 August 2016
GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain

A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but politicians still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition....


USA | 26 August 2016
USDA buys $20 million in cheese from dairy farms

Moving to bolster dairy farmers who are struggling to cope with price declines, the Agriculture Department announced Tuesday it is spending $20 million - on 11 million pounds of cheese. A taxpayer ...


France | 26 August 2016
Lactalis talks with French milk producers end with no deal

A meeting between Europe's largest dairy group Lactalis and French milk producers requesting a rise in prices ended in a deadlock after 10 hours of negotiations, sources close to the talks said. ...


USA | 26 August 2016
California farmers turn to sewers for water

California's prolonged drought is forcing Central Valley farmers to scramble for water to irrigate crops. They have to be creative. One agency is even turning to a sewage plant to meet demand. Just...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The British public are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping or strengthening...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The sustained recovery of pig prices since the spring has come at a time wh...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel has declared the Russian import ban ...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A new study has linked oilseed rape crops grown from neonicotinoid-treated ...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Philip Hammond is to guarantee billions of pounds of UK government investme...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Access to the foreign labour market is 'critical', according the chief exec...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The Tenant Farmers Association has said the National Trust's vision for a p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Ulster farmers will 'not lie down and wave the white flag' when Brexit nego...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The cost of rural crime to the UK economy costs £42.5 million a year, accor...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A young farmers club member from Oxfordshire has created a petition on the ...


closeicon
Username
Password