Subsidies

Gove under pressure to reform agricultural subsidies post Brexit

The UK government is under mounting pressure to reform the agricultural subsidy system after Brexit after leading MPs said the existing model rewarded wealthy landowners at the expense of smaller farmers.

Defra secretary Michael Gove has pledged to maintain agricultural subsidies at current levels until at least 2022 but MPs and farmers want the system to be overhauled so that the payments can be distributed more fairly on the basis of need and sustainability.

They say that far too much of the £2.9bn a year direct EU agricultural subsidy pot is going to huge landowners, who often do little to justify the payment in the way of public good – through measures such as greening the landscape or creating additional jobs.

(Source: The i newspaper online)

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