NFU deputy president Stuart Roberts has reinforced embracing low-emission farming practices will be ‘key’ to ensuring profitable and productive farm businesses.
While the coronavirus crisis has seen levels of air pollution nosedive as a result of reduced fossil fuel usage, the NFU has highlighted agriculture still has a ‘critical’ part to play in cutting its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet its 2040 net zero target.
Mr Roberts therefore claimed improving farming’s productive efficiency, by adopting climate-friendly practices, made sense ‘not only for the future of our planet, but for our businesses too.’
He said: “Agriculture, just like any other industry, has to play its part in reducing all GHG emissions and we have to be proactive if we are to achieve it.
“By adopting new tech and methods to increase productivity, alongside enhancing carbon stores and renewable energy production on farms, we can become more efficient, profitable and sustainable.”
As part of the NFU’s 2040 net zero strategy, the organisation has outlined the utilisation of precision farming and the use of feed additives to reduce methane emissions for example, will help to drastically save on input costs and offset emissions.
NFU’s chief renewable energy and climate change adviser Dr Jonathan Scurlock echoed this and said encouraging farmers to invest in ‘low-emissions practices and equipment’ was vital to reducing GHG emissions from agriculture.
Mr Roberts added: “What benefits the environment benefits our businesses, and there is plenty we can do right now to deliver the best outcomes for both.”