‘We need a clear plan!’ Boris said, warning that UK agriculture is on the verge of collapse.

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Boris warned that UK agriculture is on the verge of collapse, stating, “We need a clear plan!”

According to a hard-hitting report from Parliament’s spending watchdog, the government’s plans for post-Brexit farming support are based on “blind optimism,” leaving anxious farmers in the dark.

The public accounts committee has raised concerns about the system that will replace the EU’s divisive Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

“The recent energy price crisis should be a salutary warning of the potential risks to the availability and affordability of food if the UK becomes even more reliant on food imports,” said Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the committee’s deputy chairman.

The committee is concerned that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has failed to explain how post-Brexit agricultural changes will not “simply result in more food being imported.”

The National Farmers’ Union is concerned that the country will “end up increasing imports of food produced under less stringent environmental standards.”

According to the Westminster watchdog, Defra has provided no details on how it expects increased productivity or environmental benefits to materialize.

Farmers have been hit with “anxiety” because they haven’t had the information they need to make plans, according to the report, which is “exacerbated by a historic lack of trust caused by the Department’s past failures in managing farm payments.”

Farms have received subsidies through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for more than 40 years, with England’s farmers receiving around £2.4 billion per year.

Defra’s post-Brexit “future farming and countryside programme” will aim to improve the environment, protect the countryside, and boost productivity and animal welfare, among other things.

The new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, which will be fully implemented in 2024, will pay farmers for what they do to improve the environment. However, the farming community is deeply concerned about how it will work, and MPs warn that Defra has not demonstrated how the £2.4 billion a year it plans to spend on agricultural schemes will be cost-effective.

“We’ve known we’re replacing the CAP since 2016, but there are still no clear plans, objectives, or communications with those at the sharp end – farmers – in this multi-billion-pound, radical overhaul of how land is used and, more importantly, food is produced in this country,” said Deputy Chairman Sir Geoffrey.

“Farmers, particularly the next generation of farmers, on whom we will rely for our combined food production and environmental goals.

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