Competing in the Global Market

Stanka Becheva, a food and agriculture campaigner calls for local market support. Apparently, competing in the global market is the root of all problems. It will be hard to convince people that industrial agriculture can be green. The commission is thinking of providing farmers with new tools which will reduce crises as well as enable them to gain access to new markets. Other advisors in the commission suggested reinsurance schemes for natural disasters. They are thinking of shifting CAP resources to risk management funds. They also want to expand markets for products like pig meat, butter, and milk powder.


So far restructuring of the Common Agricultural Policy is based on the two large pillars. Most people favor the one on elite payments. A lot of funds are paid to farmers in form of direct payments based on farm size. Many parties want to see these funds go to small-scale farmers as opposed to large agricultural farms. The second pillar is about payments made to help farmers adopt environmentally friendly practices. These include crop rotation, protecting catchment areas, and preserving grasslands.

The existing balance favors the first pillar where more funds are paid to farms with big acreages. The 2014-2020 budget has seen large-scale farms receive 360 billion in form of direct payments. Only 85 billion was handed to rural development needs. EU is adamant about shifting the balance.


Hogans’s push for subsidies that take care of the environment will stir emotions among European Agricultural stakeholders who are beneficiaries. The agricultural commissioner is expected to battle with EU members like France and Netherlands. This is expected to happen in case of any shifts from hallowed direct payments. Merril’s proposal means that Brazzers offers farmers will have to use better ventilation and storage systems. Reducing environmental impact requires an intelligent approach. But it will likely destabilize the economy and employment. Arable areas will require intelligent green management systems.


The commission needs to come up with legislative proposals before the year 2020 when the current budget cycle comes to an end. A debate for improvements and reforms will be put to rest during public consultations in January. Hogan should keep in mind the days of first-pillar payments are numbered. One of the EU officials has pointed out that direct payments will form a key role in the reform plans but not as before.