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UK signs up to protection of animals during international transport

by 5m Editor
12 November 2003, at 12:00am

UK - The UK was last week one of 12 European countries to sign up to the new Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Animals During International Transport.

Whole Farm Approach - UK - The whole farm approach (WFA) project is an integral part of the sustainable farming and food strategy (SFFS). It is a long-term project to develop an integrated solution to support the farming industry across the entire range of its activities.

The latest thinking envisages an IT framework linking together all existing work programmes to provide a single method for farmers to access Defra, and other national and local government departments that wish to participate. Ultimately this would give access to Government information currently held in different databases: animal records, Integrated Administration and Control (IACS) information, habitat maps, water catchment area data, land designations, archaeological sites etc.

Farmers and growers could confirm the accuracy of information as a basis for subsidy payment; use data to develop and submit plans for regulatory compliance; access advice and guidance tailored to the farm's characteristics; and to use a private area of the site for business planning and performance monitoring purposes.

Initially we are developing a pilot to test the concept of the whole farm approach in the form of a whole farm appraisal. This is currently being developed around census questions and cross compliance requirements (to be confirmed as part of the CAP reform process). The additional modules for the Environment Agency's Environmental Management System for Farms (EMSF) and the Health and Safety Executive's safety assessment should fit in with the core module. Care is being taken to avoid duplication of information and maximise the advantages of sharing data.

The pilot is due to go out to 140 farmers on Wednesday 19th November 2003. The pilot will run until 9th December and the evaluation of the pilot will be completed by mid January 2004.

Details of the appraisal and guidance notes will be available once the pilot is running after 19th November.

Source: Defra - 11th November 2003

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