Sustainable management of natural resources

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Will the new CAP make agriculture more sustainable?
by Bart Soldaat - Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 4:57 PM

This question is also the main topic of the workshop the Groupe de Bruges is organising on February 26 during the Salon d'Agriculture.

In the new CAP, for the first time, farmers are obliged to take extra 'greening' measures to be able to receive the full direct payments. There has been much debate about this greening measures. Farmers complain about the extra paperwork; the environmental organisations say that the measures will do nothing to make agriculture more sustainable. What do you think?

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Re: Will the new CAP make agriculture more sustainable?
by Susanne Knoll - Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 4:43 PM

Yes, greening could have been a bit more detail, specific and more controllable. But based on my experience and interpretation - as an extensive beef farmer in the south of Hungary - policies are changing in a good direction.

Example 1: Cross- compliance basic measures ( such as crop rotation) where maybe natural for some of us farmer. But  other colleagues are forced now to follow this rule. That is grate.

Example 2:  Trough rural development support possibilities extensification of production in areas with natural constrain will lead to a more environmental friendly food and common goods production. Thus, unnecessary violation of soil and land in such areas will minimize, due to the fact, that there will not be any economic benefit out of it.

Thus, In my region, the new reform has potential to improve environmental and smart farming a lot.

All in all, the the reform is not perfect, but the direction is the right one. It only needs further improvement which may happen already after the "health check" in  2016.