Eco-ad­vi­sors to work with 5,000 farm­ers

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

THE roll-out of Agri­cul­tural Sus­tain­abil­ity Sup­port and Ad­vi­sory Pro­gramme (ASSAP), which aims to en­cour­age sus­tain­able farm­ing, was an­nounced yes­ter­day by the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Michael Creed.

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Govern­ment and the dairy in­dus­try, ASSAP in­volves 30 new ‘Agri­cul­tural Sus­tain­abil­ity Ad­vi­sors’ work­ing with 5,000 farm­ers na­tion­wide to en­cour­age sus­tain­able farm­ing, while meet­ing strin­gent wa­ter qual­ity re­quire­ments.

The pro­gramme arose from the River Basin Man­age­ment Plan, which iden­ti­fied agri­cul­ture as a sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure in over 50pc of cases where wa­ters were at risk of not meet­ing the re­quired eco­log­i­cal sta­tus by 2027. Twenty of the ad­vi­sors will be based with Tea­gasc, and 10 with dairy pro­ces­sors.

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