524CAP single payment scheme
- Apr 12, 2004I was just browsing through the DEFRA site and found some
references to the Common Agricultural Policy, single payment scheme.
Agreement June 2003 - Introduction
Summary of Single Payment Scheme for England - 12 February 2004
1. The CAP reform agreement was a major breakthrough; it achieved
far more than many expected, freeing farmers to produce what the market
and consumers want rather than what the subsidy regimes dictate.
2. The reforms provide the opportunity to reduce the bureaucracy
farmers face, by rolling a plethora of subsidies into a new single
payment which is not linked to what they produce.
3. It will reduce the environmental impact of farming by removing an
incentive to intensify production and by linking subsidy to compliance
with environmental and other standards.
4. It is right that farmers should comply with environmental, food
safety and animal welfare standards if they are to enjoy taxpayer
subsidy. Nevertheless, we intend to introduce these requirements in a
5. The deal also means more resources for wider rural development goals.
6. We want to use the opportunities from these reforms to put our
farming industry onto a profitable and sustainable path.
To my mind this all seems to be a big step in the right
direction. The only down side from a Perennial perspective
A flat rate payment will apply in England, with each eligible hectare
(excluding permanent crops and forestry) in each region attracting the
same rate of subsidy.
Hence growing permanent perennials crops will
be excluded ;-(.
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