Cut back the large subsidies to farmers

Large payments are made to some farmers on the islands. Take two examples of the farms I know : -

1)  a very large payment is to a farm that has a lot of land and many animals.The farmyard, the barns and outbuildings are extremely messy and unhygienic. There are problems with disease and deadstock (animals becoming ill and dying). The fields are poorly drained so that in heavy rain there is flooding onto other properties plus some pollution into the public drains. The hedges and fences are poor. Livestock regularly gets out. But with lots of land and lots of animals the farm gets a very big payment from the Manx government. The farming family has foreign holidays, expensive vehicles and a very good lifestyle. The aim of this farmer is to keep expanding his land and the number of his animals in order to earn more money. The farmer does not mind that more of the animals may get ill or die if the size of the farm and the numbers of the animals increase - the farm will earn more money.

2)  another farm has a much smaller payment from the government. It has less land and fewer animals. The farmyard is extremely well maintained and clean. The buildings are well looked after. There is no disease, there are no dead animals. Hedging and fences are kept in excellent condition. No livestock gets out. No flooding from the well drained fields and no pollution in the water supply. The aim of this farmer is to breed stronger, healthier animals that are disease free. Also, to maintain the land in good condition.

The government money paid to farm 1) is a great deal of money. The farmer seems to treat it as an entitlement that has no strings attached. The farmer seems to have little regard for the animals or the land that they own. 

Farmer 2) says the payments are a bonus that helps to keep the animals and land in good condition. He regards each payment as one-off payments that one day may be reduced or stopped.  

We pay a huge amount in farming subsidies. Subsidies should be examined carefully and only given when necessary. Unfortunately, some people receiving the subsidies treat it as money in their back pocket rather than money for improving the whole Manx environment.


Why the contribution is important

Save some of the millions of pounds that are given to wealthy farmers. At the same try to get improved methods of farming so that Manx produce earns itself a better reputation abroad and earns us more money.


by Hemmingway on April 18, 2017 at 08:16AM

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  • Posted by charlie April 18, 2017 at 08:28

    Sounds like the Manx Crab is alive and well. 😂
  • Posted by Yukiyama April 18, 2017 at 10:20

    Good idea to chop this
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 18, 2017 at 12:38

    'Agrucultural' subsidies to rich landowners - especially the ones in Tynwald - have to stop

    Let's have a complete new look at farming & food production subsidy in light of the government commitment to the IOM Biosphere project
  • Posted by OldSailor April 18, 2017 at 18:17

    Agree. Examine the use of all subsidies to see if what they are achieving is actually necessary and socially beneficial enough to the greater population.
  • Posted by LeanGreen April 18, 2017 at 19:31

    Remove all subsidies and make agriculture a competitive industry.
  • Posted by Yukiyama April 18, 2017 at 21:31

    LeanGreen you have nailed it
  • Posted by dpfellows April 18, 2017 at 23:25

    Established farms should be profitable otherwise why be in that business? If any subsidies are given they should be very strictly time limited and only to new young entrants. It was reported that a large UK 'industrial farming' company gets subsidies here - how stupid is that?
  • Posted by Kieron April 19, 2017 at 20:43

    I couldn't agree more, us at the sharp end shouldn't be the only ones suffering, it would be very inspiring if 14houses also suffered for the benefit of the greater good. Not holding my breath.
  • Posted by newbroom May 01, 2017 at 10:35

    As a tax payer, the distribution and purpose of farm subsidies is unclear. The allocation of farming subsidies appears as a "benefit" given based on land acreage and / or animal number. Farm subsidies appear not to be ring fenced to be 'spent' on initiatives to support the future development of agriculture.

    My personal view is that farm subsidies should be stopped. Opportunities should be introduced for funding applications for land-based businesses based on merit and in line with government economic strategy and priorities.

    However, if farming subsidies are to continue then the allocation of public money should be seen as public investment with a 'return'. The return would be farming improvements such as standards in animal welfare, promotion of excellent husbandry including farm inspections, quality assurance for meat and crops, farm and equipment hygiene standards, bio-diversity and conservation etc.

    Public funds (faming subsidies) should support newcomers and young farmers wishing to enter the agriculture industry. The tax payers' investment should be used to promote agricultural diversity by developing products for export as well as on Island consumption.

    The term "farming subsidy" reflects poorly on the 'get-up-and-go' positive attitude of some of our entrepreneurial farmers and land-based businesses. It's time for a change of outlook. A move away from farming subsidy which is inward to public investment with a return.
  • Posted by Buster May 04, 2017 at 13:15

    The monies paid to farmers now should be changed to production
    The money would be used to subsidy the cost to the housewife.
    It lacks totally common sense to pay a farmer, not to produce.
  • Posted by Lupomen May 12, 2017 at 10:36

    AND ....... expose all to the light of day , commercial confidentiality should not apply to these grants !
  • Posted by charlie May 13, 2017 at 19:37

    Great idea Lupomen let's have a public list of all recipients of grants including business support grants, student grants, home improvement grants, welfare recipients, we should have full transparency in relation to exactly who is getting public funds. Lets include all public servants salaries and pensions whilst we are at it. We can't have one section of our community being singled out so we could follow Norways system and publish all tax returns online. I think we might see a dramatic drop in claimants if people thought their friends and neighbours could see what they are getting!
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