THE biggest upgrade to the UK’s farming schemes since leaving the European Union has been set out by the Environment Secretary Steve Barclay.

The updates include funding uplifts, streamlined application processes, enhanced environmental incentives and support for the roll out of new technology. 

These will provide further support for farmers in Central Devon and across the country, strengthening supply chains and helping deliver the Government’s commitment to continue to produce at least 60 per cent of the food we eat in the UK.

Central Devon MP and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride said: “Farmers are the lifeblood of communities here in Central Devon and I have seen first-hand over many years how hard they work to put food on our tables.

"This announcement is a major step forward and I encourage local farmers who haven’t yet explored whether these schemes could benefit them to take a look.”

Under the UK’s agricultural transition, new farming schemes are paying farmers to take actions that boost sustainable food production while delivering positive outcomes for the environment.

The schemes are designed to work for all farm types and sizes, with thousands of farmers across England already taking part, and replace the bureaucratic Common Agricultural Policy which saw 50 per cent of funding go to the largest 10 per cent of landowners.