Farm minister Jim Paice says that plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy are too comples and risk turning the clock back for UK farmers. He went on to say that plans due to be unveiled in Europe next week needed to be simplified if the industry was going to become more competitive and increase food production.
In a damning criticism of Europe’s farming commissioner, Mr Paice said Dacian Ciolos seemed intent on returning to the past of EU agriculture, to the detriment of British farmers.
Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester on Monday, Mr Paice said the reform – which is expected to be similar to a version leaked in Brussels last month – was concerning.
“I don’t know how CAP’s going to end up but I’m quite worried that proposals the commission are due to publish are turning the clock backwards,” he said.