Farmers are learning about the new strategic plan recently presented by the Walloon government for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2023-2027. An aid plan that further favors the active farmer (rather than management companies or others), which further supports young farmers and the takeover of farms, as well as self-sustaining food production…
In the novelty section, the CAP now offers “eco-regimes”. These are new annual payments that should guide farmers towards more sustainable practices, on a voluntary basis.
Set up during the 1990s, this aid was intended to provide a financial supplement to the monthly income of farmers. Today, the situation has changed: without this aid, many farm operators would have already gone out of business.
If there is one sector where we do not count our hours, it is that of the agricultural world. However, the salary of our farmers is not proportional to the number of hours spent on their farm. “I took over my dad’s farm three years ago and I work an average of 63 hours a week,” explains Romain Lamberty, a farmer from Petit-Thier.