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Farmers on course to reach emission reduction targets by 2020

Date: 30/09/2013 12:39:10
Category: Agricultural machinery tracking
Author: David Howells

Farmers are doing their bit to reach Europe-wide targets on greenhouse gas emissions, the NFU (National Farmers Union) has claimed.

Following a report by the UN which claimed - with 95 per cent certainty - that humans are to blame for global warming, the issue of energy efficiency has hit the headlines once again, nfuonline.com reports.

Now, the NFU has gone on record to say that British farmers are on course to reach their emission targets by 2020, although more could be done by local government to provide help and support.

Farmers are already cutting back on emissions, with measures taken to make agricultural vehicles more fuel efficient and deployment of more precision farming methods.

The NFU noted that farmers around Britain - and the wider world - certainly had enough land on which to increase production but in order for them to do so, governments needed to invest more heavily. This could include finances devoted to inputs, infrastructure, skills and innovation. 

Added investment would also have dual benefits, the NFU went on, by providing farmers with greater protection against the elements. This is related to concerns that, even despite the warm summer of 2013, our wheat harvest could be the smallest in over a decade. Not only that, this news comes after poor results in 2012 as a result of the wet weather. 

Commenting, NFU president Peter Kendall told smallholder.co.uk: "The NFU firmly agrees that climate change is a global threat and agriculture is already making great strides in meeting its voluntary environmental goals, through improved resource use efficiency and innovations such as precision farming."

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