WTO rules ‘will limit agri-environment payments’ post-Brexit

World Trade Organisation rules will limit the extent to which UK farm subsidies can be linked to environmental measures post-Brexit, say farm leaders.

“This severely limits the degree to which agri-environment payments can deliver the broad economic benefits currently delivered through direct payments.”

FUW president Glyn Roberts

The Farmers Union of Wales issued the warning in a Brexit briefing at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells on Tuesday (29 November).

WTO rules meant agri-environment payments should only reflect the income foregone or extra costs to farmers undertaking environmental measures, it said.

An inappropriate balance between direct support and agri-environment payments could have “far-reaching adverse consequences”, the FUW warned.

Source: Farmers Weekly

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