Agricultural Transition Plan

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:31 pm on 30th November 2020.

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Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 4:31 pm, 30th November 2020

My right hon. Friend makes an important point, and we are considering that in the design of our schemes. We are working with county farms across the country to improve the offer that county farms have, to create opportunities for new entrants and to encourage them into partnership with other landowners so that there can be more opportunities for those new entrants and to create an incubator model for these new entrants.

In terms of the viability of farms as we progressively reduce the basic payment scheme, it is important to recognise that this is an evolution, not a revolution. It is the case that from 2022 we will open the sustainable farming incentive to all farmers.