A £3m scheme to help farmers reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture has been officially launched today (18 September, 2018).
The money will fund a team of specialists who will work with farmers and landowners to implement the measures to reduce their ammonia as set out in the new Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP) for Reducing Ammonia Emissions.
The team will provide training events, tailored advice, individual farm visits and support with grant applications, all funded by the programme.
Reducing emissions from farming is a key element of the government’s new Clean Air Strategy, which has been welcomed by the World Health Organization. The announcement comes less than a week after the introduction of the government’s Agriculture Bill.
Bob Middleton, programme manager, Catchment Sensitive Farming said: “As custodians of the land, farmers have an important role to play in protecting the environment. But reducing ammonia emissions can also bring real business benefits. The UK loses £138m of nitrogen per year from ammonia emissions, so by taking action to reduce them, farmers can get more value from their manure and fertiliser and save money.
Farming minister George Eustice added: “There is growing evidence that ammonia emissions can have significant impacts to parts of our environment so we want to help farmers play their part in reducing them. The specialist team of advisers leading this project can advise farmers on steps they can take, such as improved slurry handling facilities, and grants are available where investment is required.”