MP backs calls for funding for eco-friendly farming
MP has this week met local farmers and the RSPB as
she called for more government funding to support wildlife and
environmentally-friendly farming methods.
The Environment Secretary will soon be finalising his budget
and priorities for the future of the countryside and a decision
will be made on how much funding should be dedicated to schemes
that support wildlife and 'green' farming.
New figures released last week by the Department for Environment
Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show that the number of birds reliant
on farmland have halved in number since 1970.
Tessa has joined farmers' calls for the maximum transfer of available
budgets for wildlife and environmentally-friendly farming methods.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These schemes are hugely important.
They not only address wildlife declines, but also help to promote
more sustainable farming and deliver wider public benefits, such
as tourism and jobs. I agree with The National Trust and the RSPB
that these schemes could be vital for competitiveness and long-term
viability of the sector, as well as the encouraging the growth
and vitality of rural communities."
Martin Harper, the RSPBs conservation director, added:
"Three-quarters of England is farmed, and that means farmers
take on a huge responsibility to look after a great proportion
of our wildlife, landscapes and cultural heritage. Over the last
two decades, an increasing number of farmers have embraced the
challenge and taken the step to enter agri-environment schemes,
working hard to get results on the ground. Im delighted
we are working alongside farmers today to try and secure a better
deal for these schemes in the future."
"Together we hope that the Environment Secretary will keep
his pledge to help wildlife and the wider environment by shifting
farming budgets in favour of those farmers seeking to farm in
Pictured: Farmer Jonathan Brunyee with Burnham's MP Tessa
Munt and Rebecca Charley