Sup­port on of­fer to help cut am­mo­nia emis­sions

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FARMING -

Farm­ers in Eng­land are be­ing of­fered sup­port to help them re­duce am­mo­nia gas emis­sions, De­fra has an­nounced.

The mea­sures set out in the UK Govern­ment’s Clean Air Strat­egy re­vealed to­day are pre­dicted to help cut the costs of air pol­lu­tion to so­ci­ety by £1.7 bil­lion ev­ery year by 2020, rising to £5.3bn ev­ery year from 2030.

Un­der the new strat­egy, the govern­ment will pro­vide farm­ers with sup­port to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture and equip­ment to re­duce emis­sions and will work with in­dus­try to en­cour­age low-emis­sion, holis­tic farm­ing tech­niques.

Fund­ing will help farm­ers pur­chase ma­nure man­age­ment equip­ment in­clud­ing low-emis­sion spread­ers, and the scheme is due to run again in 2019.

Money will also be avail­able for slurry tank and la­goon cov­ers for farm­ers in pri­or­ity wa­ter catch­ments.

Farm­ing min­is­ter Ge­orge Eus­tice said: “Am­mo­nia emis­sions can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment and on our health and, as cus­to­di­ans of the land, farm­ers have an im­por­tant role to play in re­duc­ing them.

“Our fu­ture agri­cul­ture pol­icy will in­volve fi­nan­cial re­wards and in­cen­tives to help farm­ers re­duce their am­mo­nia emis­sions.”

Agri­cul­ture is held re­spon­si­ble for 88% of UK emis­sions of am­mo­nia gas.

In Septem­ber 2018, the govern­ment launched a £3 mil­lion pro­gramme through the Catch­ment Sen­si­tive Farm­ing part­ner­ship to fund a team of spe­cial­ists who work with the farm­ing in­dus­try in pri­or­ity ar­eas to pro­vide train­ing events, tai­lored advice, in­di­vid­ual farm vis­its and sup­port with grant ap­pli­ca­tions.

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