The roadmap includes how the UK government plans to introduce a new system that is tailor-made for English farmers

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UK government announces plans for sustainable farming from 2021. (Credit: Crown.)

The UK government has announced its plans to deliver a better farming system in England from the following year.

The roadmap will transform the way the government supports farmers and will become effective for the next seven years in helping the farmers to adapt and plan for their future.

This includes a tailor-made system for the English farmers, which is foremost among the list of plans that the UK government is going to introduce.

The changes will be designed to make sure that the UK farmers can sustainably produce healthy food without any subsidy, while taking steps to improve animal health and welfare and the environment by 2028.

The government said that the transition from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) to new policies will begin from next year.

This will be co-designed and tested together with farmers, land managers and experts, to ensure the new systems work for them.

UK environment secretary George Eustice said: “We want farmers to access public money to help their businesses become more productive and sustainable, whilst taking steps to improve the environment and animal welfare, and deliver climate change outcomes on the land they manage.

“Rather than the prescriptive, top down rules of the EU era, we want to support the choices that farmers and land managers take. If we work together to get this right, then a decade from now the rest of the world will want to follow our lead.”

The key changes to be made by the government include the introduction of the environmental land management scheme to incentivise sustainable farming practices, create habitats for nature recovery and establish new woodland to help tackle climate change.

It also includes the launch of a Farming Investment Fund to support innovation and productivity as well as the investment in improving animal health and welfare as part of the sustainable farming approach.