Fruit, vegetable and potato authorisation system to be abolished – Fishupdate.com

Fruit, vegetable and potato authorisation system to be abolished Published:  29 August, 2007

The announcement could have implications for the fish and chip industry

JEFF Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Farming Food and Animal Health, today announced the abolition of the fruit, vegetable and potato authorisation system in England from 2008, under the rules of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS).

This leaves growers free to use their SPS land to grow fruit, vegetables and potatoes without the area restriction currently imposed by authorisations.

The announcement comes in the wake of the recently agreed reforms of the fruit and vegetable sector of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

In addition, land used for the production of orchard and nursery crops will become eligible to support an SPS claim and may also attract the allocation of new payment entitlements according to criteria and at a date to be chosen by Member States.

Jeff Rooker said: “I am pleased to announce that from 2008 the system of fruit, vegetable and potato authorisations will be abolished. I have been very aware of the difficulties these authorisations have caused growers.

“A consultation will follow on the other SPS aspects of the reforms, including when orchard and nursery land will become eligible under the scheme and the criteria under which any new entitlements will be allocated in respect of this land.”

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