Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth Cherilyn Mackrory has met with the National Farmers Union (NFU) to discuss the Agricultural Bill and support for farmers post Brexit
The landmark legislation introduced this month will provide a boost to the industry after years of inefficient and overly bureaucratic policy dictated to farmers by the EU.
It sets out how farmers and land managers in England will in the future be rewarded with public money for “public goods” – such as better air and water quality, higher animal welfare standards, improved access to the countryside or measures to reduce flooding. This will contribute to the government’s commitment to reaching net zero emissions by 2050, while at the same time, helping to boost farmers’ productivity.
This will replace the current subsidy system of Direct Payments which pays farmers for the total amount of land farmed, skewing payments towards the largest landowners rather than those farmers delivering specific public benefits.
Instead, the new measures will provide a better future for agriculture in this country, maximising the potential of the land for food production and for delivering public goods.
“I was delighted to meet with NFU representatives in Parliament to discuss the Agriculture Bill and how I am looking forward to supporting farmers in Truro and Falmouth through Brexit.”
“With the Agriculture Bill, I see a future where farmers are properly supported to farm more innovatively and protect the environment.”
“The reforms set out in the Bill are supported by the manifesto commitment I stood under, to maintain overall annual funding for farm support at current levels for the duration of this Parliament. I am clear that this funding, if properly managed within the UK, will not only maintain the current levels but will also be easier to access and more effective for our farmers.”