NFU keen to work with government on new pollinator strategy
The first evidence session for Defra’s draft National Pollinator Strategy aims to gain insight from academics, pesticide manufacturers and the farming industry into pollinator research and protection measures.
Proposed actions suggested in the strategy include the promotion of environmental land management measures through the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) and the uptake of integrated pest management.
The NFU lead on bee health issues attending the committee session is Dr Chris Hartfield. He said: “We are supportive of the proposals in this strategy - they are very important steps to take and the evidence-based approach to these is something we commend.
“Farmers across the country are already supporting CFE which includes voluntary efforts to encourage and safeguard pollinators amongst other measures to increase biodiversity.
“In addition to the benefits pollen and nectar-rich and sheltered habitat alongside crops can provide pollinators, the hope is in time research will be able to demonstrate the precise value of pollinators in increasing crop quality or quantity.”
The NFU is a supporting partner of CFE which helps to ensure pollinators are valued and managed within productive farm businesses.
The final National Pollinator Strategy is to be published this autumn.
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead is calling on the Europ...
As the country settles down following the turmoil of the general election, ...
New research from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge has found that ...
A new publication to help farmers prevent sheep lameness and offer advice o...
The Farmers’ Union of Wales is putting the spotlight on Liver fluke at next...
The UK is now third in the global rankings for utility-scale solar energy a...
A recent Rural Watch demonstration and information event gave Farmers’ Unio...
Retailers should confirm their commitments to sourcing UK lamb this season,...
A leading retailer has apologised after selling imported lamb in a Borders ...