National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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18 May 2017

The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) has released its vision for the future CAP that ensures a better future for rural communities, and is supported by NFYFC.

The document Young Farmers are key in the future CAP focuses on three key areas where change must happen, including generational renewal, progressive and proactive environmental measures and sustainable economic support.

CEJA sees these areas as key to ensuring jobs, growth and investment in rural communities, as well as making rural areas places where people will want to live and work.

“The CAP has been one of Europe’s success stories,” explained CEJA President Alan Jagoe, “it has helped so far but it has not addressed the key area of generational renewal. It is for this reason that I ask you now to channel your inner young farmer and be bold and ambitious for the next CAP.”

CEJA’s document represents nearly two years’ worth of work from CEJA members, and is the culmination of a final summary document, as well as the seven position papers which were used to create it.

Ed Ford, NFYFC Chairman of Council, said: “The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs welcomes the bold response from CEJA and its push to highlight the need for generational renewal. We need to collaborate with all next generation groups to ensure that the voice of young farmers is heard in our own future domestic agricultural policy to ensure vibrant rural communities and a progressive workforce for the food and farming industries.”

Included within the document is CEJA’s call for how to distribute the new and enlarged CAP budget:

  • 20% to be allocated to various measures and instruments specifically targeted to Generational Renewal.
  • 50% to be allocated to Sustainable Economic Support.
  • 30% to be allocated to Proactive and progressive environmental measures.

The document has been subjected to a scientific peer review by Prof Rogier Schulte and Dr Roel Jongeneel of Waggenin University, who commended CEJA on “building a vision for European farming that may be sustained, in every sense of the word, into an uncertain future. Their submission makes our scientific quest for solutions rewarding and gives cause for optimism about the future of rural Europe that we are jointly contributing to.”

Find out more information about NFYFC's involvement with CEJA.


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