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The United Kingdom will no longer receive aid from the common agricultural policy from its withdrawal from the european Union, expected in march 2019.
London — After Brexit, the uk State will take charge for about five years, the payment of subsidies to farmers so far paid by the EU up to the establishment of a new national system, has assured Thursday the minister of Agriculture.
British farmers receive each year almost 3 billion pounds (about $ 5 billion) in respect of the common agricultural policy (CAP), according to figures from the NFU, the national farmers ‘ Union. This sum is distributed primarily as a function of the surface area of cultivated land by each operator.
The minister, Michael Gove has criticised the CAP, calling the operation ” unfair, ineffective and leading to perverse effects “, in a speech at Oxford.
It has, however, guaranteed the continued payment of subsidies by the british State “for a number of years,” in order to ” allow more time for farmers to change the economic model, helping to make the necessary investments and to prepare for the future “.
The United Kingdom will no longer receive the aid of the CAP from its withdrawal from the european Union, expected in march 2019. London wishes to establish a transition period, the terms of which must be negotiated with Brussels.
The ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that the aid will be maintained “for about five years” after the Brexit, that is, until 2024. It is committed to keep the total amount of the grants, but has plans to revise the terms and conditions of the grant. In particular, it may limit the amount that can receive the operators.
Michael Gove has announced that the future system of support for farmers, currently being put together by his department, will take better account of the efforts to preserve the environment, biodiversity or water quality.
“We are going to design a new program, accessible to almost all farmers and landowners who wish to improve their natural environment, provide new habitats for wildlife or to preserve the wild flora of “,-he said.
He also indicated that the use of innovative technologies or the opening up farms to the public could be among the criteria for the calculation of future grants.