MEP Anthea discusses CAP reforms

Local MEP Anthea McIntyre recently met the NFU’s West Midlands Combinable Crops Group to discuss the latest round of proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Programme (CAP).

The Group expressed concern that a number of the proposals do not take into account Food Security and Food shortages and will, in some instances, damage the environmental gains made in recent years.

After a lengthy discussion covering many specific points, Anthea McIntyre said:

“It is clear that the gradual process of improving and reforming the CAP over the last few years is in danger of being reversed and inflicting real damage on British farmers.

“Proposals to impose crop diversification on livestock and dairy farmers are clearly not sustainable and simply ignore the realities that such farmers face.Similarly, the suggestion that block cropping (where one crop is grown on a single block of land or farm) be stopped would add to costs, lead to the inefficient use of machinery, and even create additional traffic congestion in rural areas for no discernable benefit to consumers or producers.”

Reaffirming her commitment to work to roll-back bureaucratic interference from the EU, Anthea told the meeting:

“I will do all I can as a member of the Agriculture Committee to highlight the nonsense that the latest round of proposed reform creates and work with colleagues to preserve the environmental gains that have been made in recent times.

“Farming is a vital British industry and plays a huge role in protecting and enhancing the environment. The gains of recent years are threatened by the proposed reforms.”

(Photograph shows Anthea McIntyre MEP with members of the West Midlands Combinable Crops Group at Gillow Farm, Herefordshire.)