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Traded set-aside could be a time-bomb for farmers

UK - Quota brokers are warning that farmers who have traded their set-aside entitlements, which are not then being claimed against, could be falling foul of EU legislation.
calendar icon 1 September 2006
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As a result, they risk losing three years' worth of single farm payments.

A number of agents have been offering to take set-aside entitlements from farmers, which are then registered to their own holdings, but not claimed against.

The farmers taking part have been paying up to £150/ha to the brokers to free themselves of set-aside, on the grounds that they can make a bigger margin by farming the land.

Fruit and vegetable growers and dairy farmers have been particularly attracted to the opportunity.

Source: FWi