18 October 2016
County councillor Andrew Stringer explained:
“Local people can best shape our own payments to farmers to make sure farms are run in a way that could further benefit our brewers, tourism and aspiration for healthier and more resilient communities. We should have our own slice of the CAP cake so the inevitable argument as we leave the CAP, could be thrashed out locally, rather than competing with national funding pressures.”
The benefits of a bespoke agricultural policy could lead to a greater link between the food producer and the consumer, while enhancing local distinctiveness. Suffolk & Norfolk could be in the forefront of crafting a policy that closely delivers the economic, educational environmental and health outcomes, which could change our social and economic landscape for the better.
When Councillor Stringer had an opportunity to float the proposal at an all-party meeting of councillors from around the country, hosted by the Local Government Association, there was widespread backing for local control of agricultural support.
Dates of next meeting(s)
Wednesday 31st May at Cafe 52
- Mid Suffolk meetings generally held at Cafe 52, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL
- Meetings occasionally held in Woolpit, Eye, Stowupland and Needham Market.
All Members and well-wishers welcome.
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