Update: CAP reform
- Following the update to the CAP reform post, of a week ago
I've now received an reply back from my MP about the subject.
It seems like they have not come to the final implementation
of the reforms, so now would be a good time to
express your concerns about the issue.
FAX from Me to my MP ---------------------------------
From: Richard Morris
1 Lerryn View
To: Mr Colin Breed
MP for South East Cornwall
House Of Commons
Monday 12 April 2004
Dear Mr Colin Breed,
I just found the information about the CAP single payment scheme which
will reform the way grants to farms are distributed with a flat payment
per farm, and get away from the subsidy farming.
While on the whole I am am very much in support of this reform which
will do a lot to improve the current farming situation.
However there is one part which concerns be greatly namely that the
grants will excluding permanent crops and forestry.
The charity I am involved with, Plants For A Future (www.pfaf.org),
advocates the use of perennial crops (i.e. permenant crops). We believe
that using perennial crops have a great environmental benefit, as they
require less intensive farming methods and provide a much greater range
of wildlife habitats.
Un-ammended this will make the task of diversification
to perennial crops harder as they will be excluded from the grant scheme.
Furthermore on radio 4's PM today there was a report on how Orchards
(which will also be excluded) will be threaterned by this scheme. One
orchard grower said that he was going to have to burn his orchard as it
will become economically unsustainable.
Is there anyway in which the scheme can be altered to help orchard
growers and those trying to grow other perennial crops?
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Reply from My MP ---------------------
19th April 2004
Dear Mr Morris,
Thanks for your letter of 12th April concerning the proposal by the
Government for introducing the reforms on the Common Agricultural Policy.
You have quite properly raised the issue of grants being excluded for
permanent crops and forestry and I have also been contacted concerning
the implications for orchards as you have also raised.
During the Select Committee investigation, of which I was am member, re
raised several issues of concern with the Minister and it was clear that
these substantial reforms were going to have a number of unintended
consequences and we did therefore press the Minister to ensure that
these concerns would be considered over the coming months prior to any
In the circumstance therefore I have copied you letter to the Secretary
of State and as soon as I have had any response I will contact you again.
With kind regards
Colin Breed MP
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