Organic farmers have been told by UK Farm Minister, George Eustice, that they will be able to apply for organic support in 2017 and 2018, a commitment of continued backing for the sector which has already been welcomed by the Soil Association (SA).
The Minister (pictured above) made his pledge during a meeting with members of the English Organic Forum, confirming that existing organic farmers and growers who’s Organic Entry Level schemes are coming to an end, and new farmers who want to convert to organic, will be able to apply for support under the Countryside Stewardship scheme for the next two years.
“This is welcome news for consumers and farmers alike,” said SA Policy Director, Peter Melchett, who took part in the meeting.
“The demand for organic food is growing strongly in the UK, and is currently outstripping home-grown supply.”
Mr Melchett also said that export markets for British organic produce, especially in the US, present a further opportunity for British farmers to prosper, “if the right Government policies are in place”.