Skip to main content

Agriculture: Incomes

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether their efforts to persuade British farmers that their incomes will not be adversely affected by pro-environment farming practices and methods are proving successful. [HL1476]

Uptake of schemes and initiatives designed to promote environmentally sensitive farming practices suggests that farmers understand and support the need to maintain and enhance the country’s natural asset base. Environmental Stewardship, in particular, has been well received. By the end of 2006, 28,000 farmers had entered 4 million hectares into this voluntary scheme, where payments are made on the basis of income forgone compared with normal commercial farming practices.