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UK: Support for Organic Farmers

UK: Support for Organic Farmers

Organic producers in England are set to receive higher payments for farming organically under the new CAP regime. Payments to farmers who convert to organic production will be cut when the new rural development payment programme begins in January 2016, says DEFRA, but under the Countryside Stewardship programme, maintenance payments to organic farmers would in some cases more than triple. Roger Kerr, chief executive of the licensing body Organic Farmers & Growers, says the payments are a positive outcome for the organic sector. “It has been clear for some years that across the EU the organic sector is continuing to grow throughout the recession,” he says. “Now we are also seeing growth in the UK again it is important our government also supports British organic farmers.” (Source: fwi.co.uk)