Surveyors updated on CAP reform
- Credit: Su Anderson
Around 80 surveyors were given an update on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform at a meeting held in Ipswich last month.
Members of Suffolk Association of Agricultural Valuers (SAAV) were joined by fellow farming professionals, including, lawyers, accountants and bankers, at the breakfast meeting, which took place at Suffolk Food Hall at Wherstead.
Secretary of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), Jeremy Moody, provided important updates on the latest reform, including recent negotiations with government over the difficulties and delays in rolling out the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
Past SAAV president Oliver Holloway of Clarke & Simpson, said the event was a showcase for the association and “an opportunity for fellow professionals to gain a greater understanding of the mechanics of the CAP reform and to see the instrumental work that the CAAV is undertaking in what has been a very difficult and uncertain period for the farming and associated industry since the BPS scheme came into play on January 1”.
Mr Moody has been secretary and adviser to the CAAV since 1995. He was retained as policy adviser to the Tenant Farmers Association until 1995 and was closely involved with the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. Among the many issues covered with the CAAV, he has been much engaged with the Single and Basic Payment Scheme during its evolution, liaising with government at all levels and has written widely on that as well as taxation, tenancy, valuation and other issues of both policy and practice.
The CAAV was formed in 1910 by representatives of local valuers’ associations to provide a national organisation with professional authority to represent valuers and ensure professional standards.
Suffolk is the oldest associated member of the CAAV. In 1848, a group of established estate agents, auctioneers and valuers from Suffolk met on the second day of the Ipswich Lamb Fair on August 21 at the Golden Lion in Ipswich. They decided to form the Suffolk Society of Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Valuers and which subsequently became an instrumental part of the CAAV.