A new scheme has been officially launched this week to help farmers reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture. The Catchment Sensitive Farming partnership between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Environment Agency and Natural England will support farmers to take action to reduce harmful ammonia emissions.
This new initiative is backed by a £3 million fund which will support a team of specialists working with farmers and landowners to implement measures to reduce their ammonia, set out in the new Code of Good Agricultural Practice (COGAP) for Reducing Ammonia Emissions.
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.
“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.”