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Set-aside

In the mid 1980's the EC were forced to take measures to counteract the extreme growth of costly surplus farm output. Set-aside was already a well established and successful practice in other parts of the developed world, particularly in the USA and this was accepted by the EC as a likely control process. DEFRA set up a research programme to determine the likely impact of such a scheme under UK conditions. The result of which, set-aside was introduced into UK legislation and now all farms registered as arable must, according to regulations set by Government and European ministers set-aside a percentage of their arable land from crop growing so as to avoid surplus production.

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