Member States have the obligation to establish a system for advising farmers on land and farm management, the so-called Farm Advisory System (FAS). It is a major component of the 2003 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform and had to be introduced by 2007.
The objective of the FAS is to help farmers to become more aware of on-farm processes relating to
Given the recent introduction of the FAS, the purpose of the Commission report published today is not to offer an exhaustive overview but to provide input for a debate in the Council and the European Parliament in the course of 2010-2011.
The report proposes to improve the management of the FAS: ensuring that knowledge is shared between actors and that synergies between various instruments such as advice, training, information, extension services and research are enhanced. A FAS advisor should act as a ‘general practitioner’, interlinking all different aspects of farming. He should explain to farmers not only EU requirements but also their objectives, and the underlying policies.