Soil data vital to improving Northern Ireland’s land management

An expert working group is calling for better soil data collection to help farmers improve food production and enhance the environment

Precision data will enable farmers to make better decisions about their land. Photograph: Leonid Andronov/123RFNorthern Ireland is examining how best to provide personalised information to farmers to help them improve the soils on which their yields depend.

In 2014, an independent working group made up of farmers, environmentalists, government officials and food processors was set up to create a roadmap to help agriculture meet its ambitious target to grow sales by 60% by 2020 while simultaneously improving the environment . 

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