DEFRA to outsource £5m ‘environmental stewardship visits’

DEFRA and its environmental agencies are looking to contract out their supplementary work for farm inspection checks, a soil protection review and ‘environmental stewardship visits’ to the tune of £5m.

The tender was submitted by DEFRA, the Rural Protection Agency and the Animal and Plant Health Agency last month.

According to DEFRA’s Network eTendering Portal, the winner of the contract will be tasked with the responsibility of carrying out “animal inspections, environmental stewardship visits, meat inspection and a soil protection review”.

The contract states that the necessary farming services will include cattle identification inspections, sheep and goat inspections, “rapid field and in-situ visits” tied to environmental stewardship schemes, meat technical scheme inspections, a soil inspection review and a nitrate vulnerable zone document check.

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