Farmers in England are being urged to share their views on how the CAP reform proposals might affect them.
Billed as an “informal consultation” document, DEFRA is asking anyone who is interested in the proposals to fill out an online questionnaire.
DEFRA farm minister Jim Paice said: “CAP covers so many areas of life that it’s important we take everything into consideration and bring it to the attention of the EU during the negotiation process.
“We’re absolutely committed to being active participants in the negotiations to get the best possible deal for the UK, both on protecting the environment and encouraging an innovative and competitive agriculture sector. That’s why it’s crucial the people on the ground whose lives and professions will be affected are able to tell us their views.”
DEFRA’s questionnaire includes questions about greening and whether agri-environment schemes should continue in their existing form.
Responses need to be sent in by 5 March 2012.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are holding separate consultations, and all these views will inform the UK’s negotiating position.