Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Don't Cut Our Euro Cash Again, Farmers Plead

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Don't Cut Our Euro Cash Again, Farmers Plead

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Byline: By Anna Lognonne

Regional farming leaders have hit back at criticism of the agricultural industry and the way it is financed.

Part-time farmer Douglas Chalmers, director of the North region of the Country Land and Business Association, said accusations before the G8 summit were "ill-conceived, unhelpful and downright misleading".

As the UK embarks on the presidency of the European Union, (from July 1) the CLA has hit back at calls in the UK for more reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. It says politicians should praise British farmers for implementing the recent CAP reform so efficiently, despite the hardships they will suffer, and allow farmers to adapt before more changes and threatened cash reductions are made.

Mr Chalmers said: "Why does it seem that everyone in the media is targeting the farming industry, accusing it of being everything from the thief of EU funds to the cause of starvation in Africa? More than one senior politician has even called for the end of farm `subsidies'.

"This word has crept back into the media, which suggests that we are still being paid to produce crops and livestock regardless of market conditions.

"Let me make this clear. Those days have gone and farmers and landowners are now only paid for doing the work that the Government asks of us, which is to keep our countryside in good agricultural and environmental condition. If farmers do not meet the strict standards set out, then these payments can be reduced or even retained.

"Even these payments for maintaining today's landscape and environment are not likely to appear until well into next year and the new flagship environmental stewardship scheme, which has been strongly promoted by Government and which could have offered some relief to beleaguered cash flows, is proving almost impossible to enter.

"Our Government wants us to look after the countryside for the public. Farmers and landowners are the people with the skill and experience to do so and who can provide the spectacular and varied backdrop to many day trips and holidays in this country. …

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