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Monday, 05 December 2011

Proposals for a greener PAC policy: a source of debate

While key farmers’ organizations voice criticism of the European Commission´s commitment to fostering a greener Common Agricultural  Policy (PAC), organic producers welcome proposed changes as they think these are positive steps toward more sustainable farming practices. The proposals would use 30% of direct payments -first pillar of the CAP-, to promote conservation measures.

The proposals, defended by the Agricultural Commissioner, Dacian Cioloş, are part of proposed changes to the €54-billion annual farm support programme that consumes some 40% of EU spending. The proposals include plans encourage farmers to rotate crops, set aside permanent pasture and create woodlands or buffer zones.

Antje Kölling, policy coordinator for the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) has stated that they  are "really very happy that this is really clearly recognised".

The draft which would take effect in 2014 reflects what organic farmers already do. So far, the second pillar has been supporting ecology measures and rural development with matching contributions from member states.

 

Source: Euractiv; the European Commission