It's time to go 'green' on basic payments say farm leaders
IFA, ICMSA and ICSA unveil submissions for CAP 2020 consultations
Including 'Greening' within the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is a key element in both the IFA and ICMSA submissions on CAP 2020.
The final day for submissions from the public, stakeholders and farm organisations to the consultative process launched by the EU Commission on the future direction of CAP was recently.
All the farm organisations have called for CAP funding to be retained at current levels despite the overall EU budget coming under pressure as a result of Brexit.
The simplification of CAP schemes, increased farmer returns from the food supply chain, and an easing of the farm inspection regime are common threads across the submissions.
ICSA president Patrick Kent said "a robust set of rules to oversee the food chain, bring transparency to who gets what margins from agri-food products and an end to unfair trading practices" were core elements of the ICSA submission.
"We need also to offer farmers more opportunities from alternative income streams such as renewable energies and this needs to be made compatible with CAP," he added.
IFA proposed that the BPS should incorporate the greening element in full, with farmers required to meet environmental requirements in the areas of water, soil and biodiversity, under cross compliance and SMRs.
This view was broadly shared by ICMSA.