Great news Defra has announced 90% increase in moorland payment

The Federation has been lobbying hard with Robin Milton, chairman NFU Upland Commitee, the Foundation for Common Land and other hill farmers' organisations to get the Moorland payment increased and we have been successful.

Defra Secretary Owen Paterson has announced that the moorland payment will be approximately  £57/hectare (€70/hectare) in direct payments under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This is an approximately 90 per cent increase to the moorland rate. The Severely Disadvantaged Area (SDA) and lowland rates are set at  around £200/ha. These payments will start in 2015.

This is great news for commoners as around 97% of Cumbria's commons are above the moorland line.

chairman of the NFU’s upland committee,