The NFU is encouraged by the publication of a report by the Houseof Commons EFRA Select Committee on the implementation of the CAP, it says.
Echoing NFU calls, MPs are urging the Government not todisadvantage English farmers by new CAP rules. The headline recommendation isthat if Government is to transfer money from pillar 1 to pillar 2, a phasedapproach is appropriate. EFRA concludes that the transfer rate should bemaintained at nine per cent and only moved to 15 per cent in 2017 if theGovernment can demonstrate that additional funds are required and there isclear benefit from the projects proposed.
NFU President Peter Kendall said: The NFU agrees with many of thefindings in the EFRA report. Im pleased that MPs have listened to their ruralconstituents and taken on board their concerns. Up-and-down the country farmersare concerned with the complexity of the next CAP. A perfect storm of new rules,a new IT system and a dearth of detailed rules is brewing on the horizon. EFRAis correct to challenge the Government now, while policy details are stillbeing worked out, to ensure that English farmers are not left disadvantaged.
The headline recommendation that money transferred away fromdirect payments towards the rural development regulation be maintained at thecurrent level – and only reviewed in 2017 depending on need and evidence ofeffectiveness – very much echoes the NFU position. I hope that Government takesheed of the EFRA position and considers the position of MPs ahead ofMinisterial decisions later this [December] month.