Zeeland States member Versluijs: buy out farmers, tackle businesses, exchange ammonia for nitrogen oxides | Zealand

VLISSINGEN – Buy out the farmers, but also take on the companies, says the Zeeland MP Wouter Versluijs (D66).

According to Versluijs, the province proposes that it can do only one thing to reduce nitrogen emissions: shrink livestock. After all, the province claims that the other sources of nitrogen fall under state control: shipping, industry, ammonia evaporating from the sea, and nitrogen imported from abroad.

Livestock produce ammonia, the industry produces nitrogen oxides. According to the now infamous start memorandum Rural Area (which contains the spot plan), the two can be exchanged, de Zeeuw concludes from the start note NPLG. He points out that the Dow and Yara are at the top of nationwide outcasts. “Look at what you can best reduce per. territory. If the other companies in the entire agricultural chain are approached so that a farmer can also manage with 90 cows instead of 130 cows, it would mean enough improvement for nature. ”


A cattle farmer who, according to the current spot plan, is in an area where 47 percent less ammonia is to be discharged, can be ‘exchanged’ for a company that emits the same amount of nitrogen oxides. As long as the set goal is reached. The calculation model is based on ammonia emissions from agriculture, the memorandum states. But: there is ‘room for adaptation’. For example, by reducing nitrogen emissions in other sectors, such as industry, “where this is as efficient or more effective”.


Now a lot of people earn on the farmers, but what does the farmer himself get for a liter of milk?

Wouter Versluijs, Member of Parliament D66

According to the province, it is certainly not the case that one only looks at the cattle farmers. Deputy Anita Pijpelink: “All sectors must start ensuring that less nitrogen ends up in vulnerable nature.” The province is already looking at ways to reduce other sources of nitrogen. “For example, with shore power instead of roaring units and by stimulating innovations in shipping and industry. For example, a promising project is ready to significantly reduce Yara’s emissions. We would like additional financial resources from the government to make this possible. We continue to look for feasible and realistic options for reducing nitrogen emissions and precipitation. We were already working on that – and we will continue to do so. ”


Many powers for action in these sectors do not lie with the region, but with the central government, the province repeats. The livestock sector, on which the national approach is strongly focused, is relatively limited in Zealand, and the majority of nitrogen precipitation in Zealand is “imported”. “That is why we always insist on agreements with foreign countries. It is going in the right direction: the ministers of Flanders and the Netherlands understand that our province is dependent on their policies. Both stated that they would tackle this, both for agriculture and industry. “

D66 argues for a significant reduction in livestock. Versluijs regrets that his party now has an image of ‘anti-farmer’. ,, I worked on the farm until I went to college: cutting asparagus, cutting cauliflower, the best job I have ever had. D66 will not kill the peasants. We want a farmer to be able to earn a living even with a hundred cows, and that the farmers get a reasonable price for their product. To do this, the entire chain must be looked at. For now many people earn on the farmers, but what does the farmer get for a liter of milk or a salad head? ”

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