It is hoped the increase in payment rates will encourage more farmers to sign up to new environmental land management schemes (ELMS).
- Claire Marshall and Malcolm Prior
ELMS is designed to replace the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP).
Farmers’ union the NFU welcomed the rise but warned it could be “too little too late” in the economic climate.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the new system would put “money into farmers’ pockets” while enhancing nature and…