The UK government is to double the financial incentives paid to farmers converting to organic. Payments for organic farming in England are to rise by between 46% and 500% for those entering a new scheme with Countryside Stewardship. The sharp rise in incentives comes amidst a surge in demand for organics in the UK. The latest Soil Association Certification’s annual Organic Market Report states that organic sales are up 23% since 2019, with the market worth £3.05 billion.
Adrian Steele, Soil Association Organic Sector Advisor, said: “The changes to farm policy and payments post-Brexit are causing lots of concern for farmers. But it is clear is that there are big opportunities for nature-friendly farming, and organic is set to receive renewed government support.”