Northern Ireland farmers could get ‘basic income’ guarantee

Stormont is considering a direct payment for Northern Ireland farmers, but at a level "significantly below" current EU subsidies.

The proposal was referenced in written evidence to parliament’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. The framework document has four objectives for any new agriculture policy: "increased productivity in international terms"; "improved resilience to external shocks"; "an agriculture industry that it environmentally sustainable" and "an industry which operates within an efficient, competitive and responsive supply chain".

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