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Conservation link to 3bn farm cash?

30 March 1998
Conservation link to £3bn farm cash?

AGRICULTURE minister Dr Jack Cunningham will be urged by his advisers to make up to £3 billion in farm payments conditional upon farmers complying with simple environmental rules, such as not cutting hedges during the nesting period.

  • Farmers lose under “extensification premiums” &#151 survey, FWi, today (30 March) – Click here

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Conservation link to 3bn farm cash?

30 March 1998
Conservation link to £3bn farm cash?

AGRICULTURE minister Dr Jack Cunningham will be urged by his advisers to make up to £3 billion in farm payments conditional upon farmers complying with simple environmental rules, such as not cutting hedges during the nesting period.

It will be obligatory for all EU member states to place environmental conditions on payments to farmers, under the latest proposals for European farm subsidies. Farmers who broke the conditions would not be eligible for subsidies.

European Union farm ministers will meet in Brussels tomorrow where this issue will be up for debate.

Britain is yet to accept these rules. However, Dr Cunningham views “environmental cross-compliance” as helping to shore up the system of area payments and milk quotas which the Government wants to sweep away.

But ministers have indicated that placing environmental conditions on farm payments is a second option that could be deployed if the more radical simplification and “greening” of the CAP which they seek from the Fischler reforms does not materialise.

The environmental rules might include keeping open rights of way, complying with the EU ban on spraying chemicals under hedges and not destroying existing wildlife habitat.

  • Farmers lose under “extensification premiums” &#151 survey, FWi, today (30 March) – Click here
  • The Daily Telegraph 30/03/98 page7

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Conservation link to 3bn farm cash?

30 March 1998
Conservation link to £3bn farm cash?

AGRICULTURE minister Dr Jack Cunningham will be urged by his advisers to make up to £3 billion in farm payments conditional upon farmers complying with simple environmental rules, such as not cutting hedges during the nesting period.

    Read more on:
  • News

Conservation link to 3bn farm cash?

30 March 1998
Conservation link to £3bn farm cash?

AGRICULTURE minister Dr Jack Cunningham will be urged by his advisers to make up to £3 billion in farm payments conditional upon farmers complying with simple environmental rules, such as not cutting hedges during the nesting period.

It will be obligatory for all EU member states to place environmental conditions on payments to farmers, under the latest proposals for European farm subsidies. Farmers who broke the conditions would not be eligible for subsidies.

European Union farm ministers will meet in Brussels tomorrow where this issue will be up for debate.

Britain is yet to accept these rules. However, Dr Cunningham views “environmental cross-compliance” as helping to shore up the system of area payments and milk quotas which the Government wants to sweep away.

But ministers have indicated that placing environmental conditions on farm payments is a second option that could be deployed if the more radical simplification and “greening” of the CAP which they seek from the Fischler reforms does not materialise.

The environmental rules might include keeping open rights of way, complying with the EU ban on spraying chemicals under hedges and not destroying existing wildlife habitat.

  • The Daily Telegraph 30/03/98 page7

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  • News
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