Agriculture Strategy

Closed 9 Apr 2019

Opened 26 Feb 2019

Feedback updated 29 Jul 2019

We asked

The Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture consulted on a proposed new Agricultural Strategy. Feedback was sought on the following areas

  • Do you agree with the Vision statement that wants a reliable and profitable food chain, an enhanced environment and opportunities for new and existing businesses to flourish through investment in infrastructure?
  • Do you agree that the 4 main objectives are important for securing a sustainable agricultural industry?
    • The environment - Providing support for targeted initiatives that produce conserved and cherished landscapes, enhance biodiversity, sequester carbon and, improve water quality and reduce flood risk.
    • Supporting active farmers - ensuring that financial support is targeted at businesses producing food, protecting the environment and catchment and landscape management.
    • Productivity - supporting marketing, efficiency, knowledge, benchmarking and advice to sustainably improve farm profitability and secure the long-term viability of the industry, post BREXIT.
    • Investment - increasing investment through capital grants, business confidence and profitability.

You said

We received 186 responses to the consultation; some twenty written responses were added to the consultation hub to facilitate analysis.

Over 90% of respondents supported the vision statement of the Strategy

Over 80% were in favour of the four main objectives of the Strategy

Please see full report for more detailed analysis.

We did

We would like to thank those that took the time to answer the consultation online or in writing.

The consultation responses are being used to finalise an Agricultural Strategy which will be submitted to the appropriate political scrutiny. The intention is to put a proposed new Agricultural Strategy before Tynwald later this year.

Results updated 12 Aug 2019



Following industry-wide consultation the current Agricultural strategy ‘Delivering a Reliable, Sustainable, Self-reliant Manx Agriculture’ which introduced the single-farm payment model was introduced in 2008. Delivery has continued through the Countryside Care Scheme (CCS) and latterly the Agricultural Development Scheme (ADS). It is proposed that the strategy for the next ten years (2019-2029) will still be delivered through the ADS. However a diversion of a proportion of the existing budget away from flat-rate payments, together with a proposed increase in budget will provide targeting funding for a variety of environmental and commercial initiatives that will provide a sustainable future for farm businesses and the rural environment.  

Why your views matter

The Minister, the Hon. Geoffrey Boot MHK made a commitment following his Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) Ministerial appointment, to change the way agricultural support is delivered. Particularly in relation to supporting active farmers and production, to ensure that economic activity is maximised and the processors, particularly the Meat Plant, are viable. On this topic, his 2016 election manifesto stated:

“Work with farmers to bring back some certainty to the system that will enable young people to continue farming, preserve our landscape and provide viability for our meat processing facilities (exploit post Brexit opportunities)”.

Following almost a year of the Department working on headage and partial-headage models, these were tested with the industry at a Manx National Farmers’ Union (MNFU) EGM. The proposals were debated and did not gain the support of the members vote. In parallel, the Department concluded that for practical reasons the proposals would have been hard to deliver.

Subsequently, the Department has worked with the MNFU to deliver the high level Agricultural Strategy proposals that are now being proposed. In addition to delivering for productive agriculture, there is a strong commitment on delivering biodiversity, climate change mitigation, catchment management and Biosphere objectives, which are core objectives of the wider Department and Government.

What happens next

Following this public consultation process, the Department will further refine the details of the strategy. It will then go through Government approval processes, culminating in the Department seeking approval at Tynwald for the Strategy and the associated funding package required to deliver it.


  • Agriculture Meeting at the Assembly Hall, Bemahague Lower School.

    From 26 Feb 2019 at 19:00 to 26 Feb 2019 at 20:30

    This meeting will launch the public consultation process on the future of the Agricultural Strategy in the Isle of Man. The consultation survey will be available on from 26 February 2019.

    For enquiries please contact John Harrison at


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