CLA vows to support farmers in tough times

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Ensuring Market Rasen area farmers, landowners and rural businesses get the support they need to prosper despite difficult economic conditions is a key focus for the CLA in 2016, according to Lincolnshire branch committee chairman Roger Douglas.

Farming was hit again in 2015 by falling commodity prices – leaving farmers carefully considering the state of their businesses.

Mr Douglas said: “Farming has been suffering and this year has been another difficult year.

“The Government needs to ensure that the majority of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments are made no later than next month. Late payments are going to do nothing for the state of the industry.

“An effective IT system then needs to be put in place to ensure that Common Agricultural Policy is implemented.”

Mr Douglas said it was critical the CLA worked closely with Defra to help shape priorities in the face of 15% cuts in day-to-day spending over the next four years.

The CLA represents over 1,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses in Lincolnshire.