OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers) has welcomed the launch of Defra’s Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot scheme which it says is a positive move by the UK government.
OF&G CEO Roger Kerr said: “As a sector, we’ve been striving to highlight the multiple proven benefits and public goods that organic systems simultaneously deliver against the sustainable standards that Defra is seeking to implement. During this period of flux, there’s been a series of announcements from Whitehall that have given us a sense of unease and frustration. With this latest development, there’s some relief and, dare I say it, measured optimism.”
“The policy paper states the SFI scheme is ‘intended to reward farmers for delivering environmental benefits across all farming systems, including organic farms.’ It may only be three small words but after months of work it feels like the value that organic farming can deliver is now beginning to be recognised."