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14/05/20 - An interview with the Defra Secretary as the Agriculture Bill passes through Parliament

Charlotte Smith grills Defra secretary George Eustice on the details of the Agriculture Bill.

The Agriculture Bill is the biggest shake up in food and farming since the 1940’s. The Bill sets out the transition from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, the CAP, which pays farmers directly based on how much land they farm to a new system in the UK where farmers will be paid public money only for the public goods they provide. That’s things like preventing flooding and improving the environment. The transition will start next year and be phased over 7 years. Agriculture policy is devolved, so the changes will be a bit different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The bill though is proving contentious, with concerns that the new system won’t be ready by next year, that it doesn’t protect farmers from cheaper imports produced to lower standards and that it won’t reflect the lessons learnt over the past few weeks. Charlotte Smith speaks to DEFRA Secretary George Eustice.

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Presented by Charlotte Smith
Produced by Heather Simons

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  • Thu 14 May 2020 05:45