The problem is complex and the solution involves a combination of: | Reviewing silage and slurry storage regulations so that stores are less likely to fail; | Updating the Code of Good Agricultural Practice
to guide the industry and help farmers comply with their responsibilities; | Making it possible to use civil sanctions to tackle the issue so we can avoid court proceedings in some instances (which is better for us and the farmer) and create a better result for the local environment as well; | Making the regulations around anaerobic digestion plants more effective; | Reviewing the range of grants and incentives available to farmers to create an integrated approach to tackle the issue.
DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) code of good Agricultural practice
for Air, Soil, Water (now combined);
The Code of Good Agricultural Practice
consolidates the three previous codes that were last published in 1998 and offers best practice advice on protecting and enhancing water, soil and air quality in agricultural environments.
1) respect of a code of good agricultural practice
- this tier would be mandatory and would constitute a basis for the other tiers; - 2) annual payment for the management of existing features (such as hedges, marshes, ponds, and forests, etc.
The legal action against Luxembourg relates to the failure of the Code of good agricultural practice
to address storage facilities, and weaknesses in the action programme and the nature of the monitoring conducted.
An updated Code of Good Agricultural Practice
will be published when the Regulations are laid.
The revised Code of Good Agricultural Practice
offers practical guidance to farmers by combining what were previously separate codes for air, soil and water.