DETAILS of the cross-compliance requirements to be imposed on UK farmers will be announced by DEFRA next week (w/e July 23), according to Country Land and Business Association chief economist Allan Buckwell.

Speaking to CLA members at the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, he said the two most controversial issues concerning the association were insistence on 2m strips around living field boundaries and linking of rights of way to the cross-compliance regulations.

These were two classic examples of where the government was “gold plating” EU legislation, and they increased bureaucracy, added to business costs and disadvantaged UK farmers, said Professor Buckwell.

In addition to the problems of implementing, regulating and policing the boundaries of the 2m strips, there was the additional fear that the public would mistakenly view these zones as footpaths, Prof Buckwell said.