MP welcomes extra CAP funds for upland farmers
South Lakes MP Tim Farron who is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group(APPG) on Hill Farming has welcomed the news that moorland farmers who help protect some of England's most treasured landscapes will receive about £26 more a hectare under Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) payments from next year.
Farmers across the Yorkshire Dales, Dartmoor and the Lake District will benefit from this new rate, bringing their payments up to about £56 a hectare. These farmers work in some England's toughest but most beautiful terrains. They support tourism by producing distinctive food products, managing important upland wildlife habitats and maintaining the landscape.
The new Common Agricultural Policy comes into effect from 1 January 2015. More information about what the new schemes mean for farmers is on the CAP reform page: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/common-agricultural-policy-reform.
Tim said: "This is good news and has shown that our lobbying has paid off. This funding will help support upland farmers who tend our landscape. I will keep fighting for our farmers and doing all I can to support them."