EU farmers can skip CAP fallow land rules if growing pulses in 2024, European Commission proposes
Farmers in the European Union will not be required to have some of their land fallow in 2024 if they opt to grow pulse crops on a portion of their total area.
Instead of keeping land fallow on 4% of their cropping area, EU farmers will be able to choose to grow nitrogen-fixing crops such as lentils, peas, or favas on 7% of their arable acreage instead.
The move comes as a response to protests over Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) rules obliging EU farmers to keep certain areas non-productive.
The European Commission raised the potential for all EU farmers to be exempt from the greening requirement this year and still be eligible for their CAP basic direct payment. Proposals are subject to EU Member States voting in favour.
For further details, visit the European Commission website.