Farmers who would like the chance to speak to an influential committee of MPs about the future direction of the CAP have three days left to put their names forward.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee intends to hold a public hearing at this year’s Royal Show (4 July) to enable grassroots farmers to have their say on the government’s CAP vision.

The hearing will be an opportunity for farmers to share their views on key issues such as whether the government is committed to UK food production.

The cross-party group of MPs has appealed for farmers to send them a note or letter by 5 June, setting out what issues they would like to raise if invited to appear at the evidence session.

It has suggested that farmers base their views on the government document, A Vision for the Common Agricultural Policy, released in December 2005 by DEFRA and the Treasury.

The document recommended phasing out all direct payments and market support for farming by 2020.

The committee has asked for farmers’ views on the likely consequences of such a proposal for international trade and the environment.

To read A Vision for the CAP visit www.defra.gov.uk/farm/capreform/vision.htm

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Join the debate

Send a brief note or letter to the committee which includes your contact details, background and experience. The deadline for submissions is noon 5 June.

Submissions can be sent via Farmers Weekly’s website or by writing to Farmers Weekly, EFRA Inquiry, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM5 2AS.

Alternatively, submissions can be sent direct to the committee at capvision@parliament.uk (put CAPVISION in the subject box) or CapVision, Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA.

What do you think?
  • “I believe that the proposed subsidy wind-down is the best part of the recent reforms. History demonstrates that a large proportion of agricultural subsidies passes through the farmer’s bank account into the accounts of input and machinery suppliers. I sincerely look forward to the day when my income comes from those to whom I sell my products because they want the products and will pay a fair price to acquire them.” Ginger Griffin on FWi Forum
  • “I wish to bring to the attention of the EFRA committee the unnecessarily complicated way that the FVP regulations are affecting the running of the Single Payment Scheme. It is my opinion that the vegetable part of the FVP should be taken out of the SFP system altogether, thereby making life simpler for all of those involved and also the staff at DEFRA who are suffering under great strain to try and make a near impossible system work properly,” John Newling