EU CAP REFORM TO DECOUPLE FIBRE SUBSIDIES FROM PRODUCTION

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE EUROPEAN Commission yesterday (Tues 20 May) proposed ending a long-established link between paying fibre crop producers' subsidies and the amount of flax and hemp that they grow. Brussels wants these grants rolled into the EU's single payment system, where farming subsidies are not governed by harvest levels. If EU ministers agree, this could increase the price of fibre grown in Europe, or could persuade growers to abandon flax and hemp for more profitable crops. Opposition might be expected, maybe from long flax fibre ...


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