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Farming Payments: Cornwall Gets Its Say

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:57am 25th November 2013.

Cornwall is being urged to have its say on the future of farming, the countryside and the rural economy.

It is to shape the new Common Agricultural Policy and decide how the government will spend £20 billion across the UK in the next seven years.

Cornwall's businesses and communities have already benefitted from CAP through schemes such as the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). A £5m RDPE grant to Trewithen Dairy in Lostwithiel created more than 50 jobs and greatly aided farmers across the county by increasing milk-processing capacity by over 400%.

Overall, more than £100m of Defra funding since 2007 has contributed to economic growth across the south west, supporting over 2,700 businesses and projects in the region and creating hundreds of local jobs.

The Government has suggested that more CAP funding should be channelled into these sorts of schemes.

On Friday, a workshop was held as part of a consultation that is seeking views on transferring 15% of the budget for direct payments to farmers into the budget for improving the environment and growing the rural economy.

North Cornwall MP and DEFRA minister Dan Rogerson said: "Agriculture is a huge sector for us and and management of the environment is important too whether it be in tourism or adding value to that agricultural produce. We have these great food businesses here as well that have grown a lot in recent years providing jobs, so it's really important for the local economy."

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