Report on the extensification payment scheme
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CTA. 2002. Report on the extensification payment scheme. Agritrade, November 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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At the end of September 2002 the Court of...
At the end of September 2002 the Court of Auditors issued a report on 'the extensification premium payment schemes (EPS) in the Common Organisation of the Market in Beef and Veal'. The report found that while the EPS provides extra income to extensive beef farmers it does little to encourage additional extensive farming and it provides little incentive to intensive farmers to switch to more extensive methods. In part this is a consequence of the fact that two-thirds of EU beef is produced from the EU dairy herd. The Court also found that the Agenda 2000 reforms had weaknesses in them which allowed producers to benefit from the EPS by simply adjusting their beef premium application details rather than changing their pattern of production. Comment: The EPS scheme appears to have allowed increased levels of payment to EU beef farmers without materially changing production practices. This raises the question as to whether some of these 'greener' schemes are simply a mechanism for increasing levels of direct aid payments to EU beef farmers.