Farming in the Common Market
When the Common Market was set up on 1 January 1958 over 20 per cent (15 million) of its working population was engaged in farming but farmers contributed only about 8 per cent of the Community’s Gross Product. The Rome Treaty (25 March 1957) had singled out agriculture for special consideration to produce a Common Agricultural Policy (C.A.P.) with the following, and unfortunately conflicting, aims. Agricultural productivity was to be increased through technical progress and rational development. A fair standard of living for the farming population was to be ensured. Markets would be stabilised and the consumer be guaranteed reasonable food prices.
KeywordsFarm Worker Common Agricultural Policy Marginal Farmer Guarantee Fund Agricultural Labour Force
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