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Calls for CAP adjustment for uplands farms
3:18pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Farming
A CALL for a redistribution of CAP payments to upland farmers has been made by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
It believes upland farmers are likely to lose crucial income they currently receive for rural development initiatives through Pillar 2, under CAP reform proposals.
Should this happen, the CLA in the North is calling for an adjustment to the proportion of direct payments upland farmers receive from Pillar 1 to reflect this.
Dorothy Fairburn, CLA North regional director, said: “Redistributing CAP payments to benefit uplands farmland will come at a cost to lowland farmers. However, we believe losing a small amount of money per hectare – around £2 or £3 – is an acceptable loss to secure a huge gain for smaller uplands farms.
“Hill farming provides much-needed social and environmental benefits, including maintaining many of the iconic Northern landscapes that we treasure and enjoy, so it is crucial that CAP reform maintains the viability of these small but necessary farms.”
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