A new guide aimed at reducing ammonia emissions has been published by the Environment Agency, setting out the steps farmers can take to help improve air quality.
The Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP) for reducing ammonia emissions shows how farmers can reduce ammonia emissions by using a nutrient management plan to calculate fertiliser application rates.
It also includes advice on more significant changes to slurry storage, spreading equipment and infrastructure, alongside innovative techniques such as slurry and digestate acidification and separation.
The guide revealed agriculture to be responsible for 88% of UK emissions of ammonia gas, which ‘over-fertilises’ natural habitats with nitrogen and combines with other pollutants to produce fine Particulate Matter pollution which is harmful to human health.
Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Air pollution is not just an urban issue and with 88% of ammonia emissions coming from farming, the government is taking concerted action.
With clear new guidance and financial support we will help farmers across the country to take action, reduce emissions and help improve air quality.”