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methode-times-prod-web-bin-c399ceb2-8617-11e6-9270-cf26736cb244Os contribuíntes pagan máis de 400,000 libras esterlinas ao ano por subvencionar unha granxa onde un multimillonario príncipe saudita cría cabalos de carreiras, escribe Roger Harrabin.

A granxa Newmarket de Khalid Abdullah al Saud (na foto, certo) – owner of the legendary horse Frankel – is among the top 100 recipients of EU farm grants in the UK.

The system’s critics say Brexit will let the UK redirect £3bn in subsidies towards protecting the environment.

Un voceiro do príncipe non quixo pronunciarse.

Farm subsidies swallow a huge chunk of the EU’s budget. They were started after World War Two to stimulate production, but led to food mountains that had to be dumped.

A compromised reform process – the so-called “ecoloxización” of the Common Agricultural Policy – resulted in farmers mostly being paid depending on how much land they own.

The UK’s top beneficiaries include estates owned partly or wholly by the Queen (£557,706.52); Lord Iveagh (£915,709.97); the Duke of Westminster (£427,433.96), the Duke of Northumberland (£475,030.70 ) the Mormons (£785,058.94) – and many wealthy business people.

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Asked if the Queen thought it appropriate to receive taxpayers’ subsidy based on the size of her land holding, a spokesman for the Palace said: “Subsidies are open to all farmers, and are received on the Queen’s private estate. We would not comment beyond the detail that is already in the public domain.”

Un portavoz do duque de Westminster tamén rexeitou a pregunta, pero dixo que a granxa producía alimentos de calidade tomando moi en serio o medio ambiente.

Nos rankings de toda a UE, o Reino Unido obtén altos resultados na transparencia da información sobre quen recibe o que, aínda que a identidade dalgúns propietarios da terra está oculta a través de fideicomisos offshore.

As grandes organizacións de conservación Natural England (970,580.50 £), o National Trust (2,666,880.26 £) e o RSPB (2,002,859.51 £) están entre os principais destinatarios

Tamén obteñen cartos públicos extra cunha subvención paralela deseñada para fomentar a fauna salvaxe. Estes dous últimos defenden a reforma das subvencións.

Greenpeace está a iniciar unha campaña de reforma, que normalmente non se centra na agricultura, pero di que o Brexit esixe un reexame de moitas políticas.

The group said it was an “outrage” that subsidies were given to those such as Khalid Abdullah al Saud, who owns Juddmonte Limited farms. His stallion Frankel is said to be worth over £100m for breeding.

Greenpeace chief scientist Doug Parr told BBC News: “The subsidy system is utterly broken. We need public money spent on farming to be offering demonstrable public benefits.”

The Taxpayers’ Alliance added: “Farmers should be put on notice. Taxpayers shouldn’t be handing out what are effectively land subsidies, often to extremely wealthy individuals.”

Top of Defra’s 2015 payments list is Aberdeenshire farmer Frank Smart, whose business netted grants of £2,963,732.77.

He told BBC News: “I don’t want to discuss any part of my business with the media, thank you.”

Mr Smart would not comment on complaints that he has been “slipper farming” – a technique in which farmers buy up land principally for the grants attached to it. The practice is not illegal but it has been heavily criticised.

Un deputado, o conservador Richard Drax, está entre os 100 mellores beneficiarios. A súa explotación de propiedade conxunta recibiu 351,752.29 libras esterlinas.

Past EU attempts to radically reform the subsidies have been blocked by Europe’s farmers.

Two ministers in the government’s environment department, Defra, receive farm subsidies.

Lord Gardiner de Kimble declara un interese como socio en CM Robarts & Son, (SIC) que paga 45,479.19 libras esterlinas en pagamentos directos.

George Eustice é director dunha granxa de Cornualles que recibe 2,313 libras esterlinas.

Un portavoz de Defra dixo que Eustice e Lord Gardiner declararon adecuadamente os posibles conflitos de intereses e que ambos foron autorizados para discusións sobre o futuro das subvencións agrícolas.

The spokesman said that in the context of Brexit, all policies were being re-examined, adding: “The secretary of state has underlined the need for continuity for farmers and is looking forward to working with industry, rural communities and the wider public to shape our plans for food, farming and the environment outside the EU.”

No concurso de liderado conservador, a secretaria de Medio Ambiente, Andrea Leadsom, prometeulles aos agricultores que continuaría coas subvencións agrícolas.

Facenda xa garantiu os pagos directos pola propiedade da terra ata 2020, aínda que para desgraza dos grupos conservadores non se comprometeu a continuar financiando a protección da fauna salvaxe nas granxas.

The Tenant Farmers’ Association wants to keep the £3bn total subsidies but split the cash between enhancing the environment, creating infrastructure to develop farm businesses, and public funding to promote British food.

A Asociación de Propietarios Terrestres parece que a reforma é inevitable.

“Brexit has given us the opportunity to develop a new food, farming and environmental policy which can deliver even greater benefits for the natural world,” its spokesman Christopher Price said.

The farmers’ union, the NFU, did not comment when asked if it accepted reform of the grants system was now inevitable.

Moitos grupos ambientais cren que a reforma do labiríntico sistema de subvencións está máis alá da capacidade de Defra, que perdeu moitos empregos nos últimos aforros. Queren unha comisión de base ampla que explique canto debe gastar o goberno en agricultura para cumprir os obxectivos do seu plan de 25 anos para protexer o medio ambiente.

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