Farm pollution scheme expands to more areas

Farming minister Jane Kennedy announced in October that an initiative to reduce agricultural water pollution in England is to be expanded.1

Ten priority areas have been added to the catchment sensitive farming delivery initiative, bringing the total to 50. Farmers in these areas will receive additional advice and incentives to cut phosphorus, nitrate, silt and other pollutant inputs to waters.

Agricultural pollution remains a major obstacle to achieving good ecological status in all waters by 2015 as the EU water framework Directive demands.

The scheme was announced in July 2005 (ENDS Report 367, p 35 ). In its first two years, more than 6,000 farmers received advice through a mixture of farm visits and meetings.

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