DEFRA’s agriculture plans undermined by ‘lack of clarity’ on environment, says watchdog

Plans to roll out a system providing public money for public goods in the agricultural sector after Brexit risk serious disruption unless DEFRA sets out more clearly what its environmental goals are, according to the National Audit Office.

In an early review of DEFRA’s work to replace the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the NAO warns that the department is starting work on the systems required to run its future farming and countryside programme without having set out the environmental criteria farmers must meet in order to secure funding. It suggests the delay could potentially cause a costly IT fiasco.

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