The next day: “As a farmer, you’re being bullied away, and the solution isn’t that difficult at all”

Much has been said and written about reducing nitrogen emissions in agriculture for over a week now. On Friday, the ministry issued an order to cut emissions in some regions by 70 to 95 percent over the next eight years.

“I saw the ticket,” replied Erwin Begman, who runs a dairy farm in Tin Bower. Personally, I find it very difficult to assess the situation. Here at Ten Boer we seem to be on the right side, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is the talk of the day. The concerns are great. And I really wonder, what exactly are we doing in this country? The plans as they are now on the table really go a long way.”

“People take the fun away”
As Bijman reacts, a background noise can be heard: “At the moment I’m busy digging mowed grass. Farm life. And you know life is beautiful. Freedom to work with animals. But if you ask me if I still enjoy it now, no. I have A small family, with two young boys, between four and three years old. I went this morning to mow it, which they imitate with their little tractor. The family keeps me going, but the government is slowly making it impossible for me. The fun takes away. And it hurts.”

“It looks like a knife in the back.”
In Haren, Coral Hofing Feldman and her husband own a dairy farm of approximately 230 heads on 93 hectares. “We can’t do as much with the card as it has been presented. It doesn’t show what the company-wide impacts are. What we also struggle with is the way this is being presented. Sixty percent of nitrogen emissions from agriculture is really an assumption. While our sector has invested a lot in contracts “The latest in new technologies to tackle these emissions. Or does that sound like a knife in the back? Yes, sure.”

The Solution: “Make Livestock Farming”
Hoving-Veldman talks about the crazy plans: “There is no problem anywhere in Europe, we only have it in Holland. So when you cross the border, the problem suddenly disappears.” There is also a solution: “Make livestock farming based on the land. Make agreements on the number of animals allowed per hectare. This is clear, simple and practical for everyone. This is not chosen. “

“It was handled incorrectly”
Back to ten Pu’er. “That’s what I said a long time ago: up to two animals per hectare. But they let it run its course. In 2009 you could already expect things were getting out of hand. The milk ration disappeared in 2015, and the phosphate rights regime was introduced in 2017. A system that meant we had to start milking more in order to support the family. It was so mishandled that the sector that fell victim to the wrong organization is now having to bleed again.”

“Two heather plants and some berries”
Nitrogen reduction measures as introduced by the government should prevent the Dutch economy from being bogged down by a judicial building freeze. Areas that have to deal with 70 to 95 percent reduction targets include the Wadden Islands, the Dutch coastal region, Veloe, Hondsrog, southwest of Drenthe, Cop van Overijssel, Slandsee Heuvelrug, Utrechts Heuvelrug, Villoy and Guilders Valley. . , and Kempen and southern Limburg Heuvelland. These are areas close to those of Natura 2000. Bijman: “We are talking about two heather plants that do not bloom, and blackberries that grow more quickly. In nature reserves that are not nature reserves. It was developed by man himself. The vast regions of Russia where he does not live Where there are nature reserves. So what exactly are we talking about?”

dirty nitrogen
Bijman also thinks that the focus is too much on farming: “Look, I’m not against flying at all. I also understand very well that homes should be built. But there are things that are compared in this discussion that cannot be compared. Jets emit filthy nitrogen, and farmers emit nitrogen Clean, highly reclaimed. Add to that all the innovations committed in recent decades, and you can’t help but come to the conclusion that you will now penalize a sector that is already doing its best. While money continues to be poured into airports that will never run cleanly “.

‘Farmers should be scared away’
Bijman further philosophizes: “You wonder why this is being falsified. If you follow the reports, a million more homes will have to be built in the coming decades. You need land to build those homes. We can’t build in nature reserves. Can you really envision it? The houses in Oostvaardersplassen? The world will be so small This leaves farmland. As a result, farmers must now be frightened away, and many families are now in limbo. What do we do?”

Angela Merkel should be allowed to rule this country
“The result of this policy is that I think a lot of companies will stop. And that while we have the best agricultural system in the world in the Netherlands. I sometimes thought when Angela Merkel was still chancellor, maybe she would have influence here too. Then we would have a much better time in terms of sector. And you see it in other countries as well. In Italy, for example, where they want to increase the number of hectares of farmland. And what are we going to do? Do you want to become dependent on foreign countries in terms of food production? Whereas you can already see that from Is it really difficult for middle-income people to make ends meet?”

While the solution is simple: “Make it grounded. These are clear agreements for everyone.”

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