Farmers “will be paid to help restore natural habitats”

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Farmers must be paid to help restore natural habitats and rehabilitate Britain in government plans to fill the void left by EU subsidies, according to reports.

A full announcement on two new programs is expected to be made at the Oxford agriculture conference on Thursday by Environment Secretary George Eustice.

The Sunday Telegraph says the plans include a local nature recovery program, where funding will be provided to build new habitats, plant trees and restore peat and wetland areas.

The plans hope to persuade landowners to rewild the British countryside (Emily Beaument / PA)

There is also a Landscape Recovery Program, which aims to help bring the British countryside to the wild.

It should be open to landowners and farmers or groups in charge of the management of areas covering 500 to 5,000 hectares. It is believed that the program will begin with funding for 15 projects.

The newspaper reports that Mr Eustice said: “Successful and profitable agricultural production is crucial for our food security.

“We face challenges on issues such as biodiversity loss and climate change, so we must use our freedom from the EU’s common agricultural policy to establish a new system of rewards and incentives in agriculture. “

The government wants to halt the decline of British species by 2030 and restore up to 300,000 hectares of habitat by the 2040s.

Opponents of the agricultural industry have criticized the move, fearing it will focus on abandoning land for rewilding rather than seeking to support national food production and self-sufficiency.

Fears have also been expressed that the changes will help wealthy landowners and not the hundreds of tenants who account for half of the country’s agriculture.

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