1234: Farming in the uplands

This paper is summarised from the conclusions and recommendations of the Parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report ‘Farming in the Uplands’

Year of Publication2011

Defra must produce an uplands strategy that sets out clear, costed action to ensure that hill farming in the uplands can thrive and that delivers agri-environment schemes and the Single Payment Scheme. Upland farming would benefit from a return to a limited form of coupled payment in the reformed CAP. Hill farmers need to make money from the provision of public goods, need access to improved knowledge transfer and support to diversify. Superfast broadband is one element needed for the development of upland communities as is more affordable housing. Upland communities and hill farmers should not be disadvantaged in respect of accessing grants

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