DEFRA consultation - new basic rules for farmers in England to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture

Wednesday 14 October 2015
DEFRA consultation - new basic rules for farmers in England to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture

Defra has launched a consultation on a small number of new basic rules for farmers in England to help tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture and they are looking for your views on these proposals.

 

The consultation runs for 8 weeks, from 30 September to 24 November 2015 so please respond by Tuesday 24 November.

 

The proposed rules aim to improve the efficiency of farms, protect the water environment and to support competitive agriculture.

 

Farming naturally impacts on the water environment and many farmers already take action to reduce this impact, perhaps as a result of advice or incentives such as Countryside Stewardship or through industry-led or water company action.

 

The new rules will provide a new baseline for industry practice which will increase overall competiveness and efficiency and improve the environment by reducing pollution from agriculture. 

 

Defra has developed them with advice from agricultural industry representatives, farmers and other interested parties, so that they are clear and simple.

 

The new rules would be supported by an advice led approach focussed on outcomes rather than paperwork, and would not be part of cross compliance.

 

You can access the consultation from Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/new-rules-to-tackle-diffuse-water-pollution-from-agriculture-in-england where you will see a link to the consultation documents

 

Please send your reply to the consultation by visiting the Citizen Space online consultation tool. If you need any further clarification you can contact Defra at farmingandwater@defra.gsi.gov.uk

 

After the consultation has closed all responses will be reviewed and a summary provided. Defra will also provide a Government response on how they plan to proceed. 

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