Farm support should be refocused to unlock wider rural growth after the UK leaves the European Union, says a think tank report.
The IPPR North document says key Common Agricultural Policy funding and powers should “leapfrog” from the EU to devolved areas post-Brexit – within a national industrial strategy framework.
Called Forgotten opportunities: The dynamic role of the rural economy in post-Brexit Britain, it says policy should be better linked to local priorities,
Locally linking agricultural policy with flood prevention could help businesses avoid damage, says the document, which was published on Monday (6 February).
Limited funding should prioritise agricultural and food production, manufacturing, environmental protection and link agriculture to scientific innovation, it adds.