The UK has announced the amount of money it will pay to meet the environmental goals of the UK’s new Sustainable Agriculture (SFI).
Defrara writer George Eustis posted additional information on SFI on Thursday, which is part of a post-Brizzite subsidiary.
SFI – The first of the UK’s new local land management programs that will replace the EU’s common agricultural policy – will be implemented next year.
The amendment marks a significant change in the UK’s agricultural and land management over the past five decades.
As a whole, farmers get paid when they take action on environmental benefits such as grassland or soil improvement.
Initially, three standards will be selected starting next year, Mr. Estis said: cultivated and vegetable soil, improved grassland soil, and Morland and dry grazing.
He said farmers are being paid 22 to 40 pounds per hectare, depending on the level of activity.
The introductory stage involves testing the soil organic matter and 70% or more of the green-covered land in winter, while the intermediate level includes 70% or more of the green-covered land of several species.
For the improved grassland level, farmers are paid 28 to 58 pounds per hectare, depending on the level of activity.
The introductory phase includes activities such as soil management planning, while the intermediate level includes at least 15% of the vegetation on the ground.
Finally, farmers will be paid 148 fixed-a-year contracts for Morland and grazing land, with an additional variable rate of entry per hectare at 6.45 hectares. Medium and prerequisite will follow in the planned release.
Speaking at a CLA conference on Thursday (December 2), Mr Eustis said:
“It focuses on soil health because it is essential for both soil health to improve biodiversity, water quality and healthy crop production.
“We will pay more generously than previous EU plans. There will be some rules and more trust.
“Most of the time, we will never solve our complex environmental challenges unless we encourage change in the agricultural landscape and we plan to do so.”
In the future, Mr. Eustis explained that by 2023 new SFI standards will be introduced, including integrated pest control, nutrient management and fencing.
Agro-forest development, Morland-level degradation, low-yield grassland, water conservation and agricultural land biodiversity will be implemented after one year.
Meanwhile, he said, organic, arable land, orchards will be completed by 2025.
CLA President Mark Tufnell said the UK’s new agricultural programs “have the potential to be the most progressive and environmentally responsible in the world.”
He warned, however, that farmers were “deeply concerned” about the transition from EU subsidies to a new regime.
“While the high commodity prices in some sectors are helping to alleviate the damage, we must not forget that many farms operate at low profit margins,” he said.
“Therefore, it is the government’s responsibility to provide support to every farmer in the coming years.”
The NSA has welcomed the roadmap but has raised concerns about the outcome of the transition and the level of support for the first few years.
CEO Phil Stocker said: “Not everyone is happy, some do not accept leaving BPS, many realize that most of the money goes back to doing certain things – some say it costs money and others say. Not enough is offered.
Some questions and clarifications are still required, such as capital payment details for some grasslands, above ground level, those included in the SFI pilot, as well as for fencing, fencing, stone paving, organic farming and agricultural forest development. And wild land. “
Three major UK charities, the Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and the RSB, have warned SFI ‘will not be good for nature, climate and agriculture’.
Transformation is crucial for climate change, as the industry covers 10% of the UK’s atmosphere, he said.
“This government is allowing this opportunity to slip into its own hands by failing to support sustainable agriculture and fulfilling its promises,” the charities said.
Defra says it will provide information on landscaping and environmental recovery programs in the new year – as well as other SFI plans.