The future of upland farming post-Brexit

26th June 2018

Speaking in a debate on the future of upland farming after the UK leaves the EU, Geoffrey Cox raises concerns of Dartmoor farmers that they need to be involved and consulted in designing future policies. He also praises the work of the Dartmoor Farming Futures initiative which has united farmers throughout the Dartmoor area in designing outcomes, including livestock numbers, and turning out and taking off dates.

Might I put in a plea on behalf of Dartmoor farmers, whom I met recently? The one thing that matters most to them is that they are involved and consulted closely in designing whatever schemes come forward from Brexit. In that context, may I commend to the Minister the Dartmoor Farming Futures initiative? It is having conspicuous success in uniting farmers throughout the Dartmoor area in designing outcomes, including livestock numbers, and turning out and taking off dates. It is a model scheme. In considering how upland farming support should go forward, I urge him to look at that scheme closely.

I can reassure my hon. and learned Friend that I have already looked at that scheme; I visited it two years ago. The Dartmoor Farming Futures project can show us the way, and it is something that we can learn from. It has been developed as a pilot, as a bit of a derogation from existing EU rules. As we think about future policies, we are keen to work out how we can tailor them to an individual area and focus more on outcomes, rather than processes and inputs.

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