Organic Food

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much support from EU agricultural funding has been awarded to UK organic food producers in each of the last five years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In England between 2010 and 2014, support for organic farmers was provided under the Organic Entry Level Stewardship scheme (OELS) and Organic Higher Level Stewardship scheme (OHLS), which were set up under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The following table provides details of the annual funding provided during this period. Organic farmers were also eligible for payments under the Single Payment Scheme.

OELS and OHLS funding in England 2010-2014:


Annual funding for OELS:

Annual funding for OHLS:
















Total Funding:



Footnote 1: Because agriculture is a devolved matter, separate schemes operate in other UK countries. Data on other funding provided is available from devolved administrations.

Footnote 2: These data include payments to organic farmers under conventional land management options in combined organic and conventional agreements and include payments for existing and new agreements each year.

Footnote 3: RDPE funding comprises EU funding allocated under the CAP for England and relevant Exchequer match funding.

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