11/11/19: Farming and flooding, Fly-tipping on farms, Farming the seas overview
Farmer Peter Gadd tells Charlotte Smith how he's been affected by the current floods and why to reflect the situation the government should relax some of the rules around payments.
Farmer Peter Gadd tells Charlotte Smith how he's been affected by the current floods and why to reflect the situation the government should relax some of its rules around the Basic Payments Scheme which requires certain 'greening' requirements to be met, which is impossible when your land is under water.
Fly-tipping is on the rise - new figures from DEFRA show incidents have increased by eight percent across England year on year. The figures cover rubbish left on public land and farmers point out they too are having to clear up more and more fly-tipped rubbish. Charlotte speaks to Essex farmer George Young who is still clearing up the tonnes of rubbish tipped on his land over the summer. A clean-up which has cost around £100,000, only some of which he'll get back through insurance.
This week the programme's looking at farming the sea and Jack Cutforth from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council explains why he hopes more companies will sign-up to their voluntary scheme which aims to maintain and improve standards on fish farms.
Presenter: Charlotte Smith
Producer: Toby Field