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20,000 farms in UK trying to reduce water pollution

Christian Fernsby |

KEY POINTS
  • Nearly 20,000 farms have received advice from CSF officers
  • The report evaluates the first 12 years of the advice service
  • Participating areas have seen reductions in a number of agricultural pollutants

Eight in 10 farmers receiving advice from the government’s Catchment Sensitive Farming service have seen improvements in water quality on their land or benefited financially.

Topics: FARMS    WATER    POLLUTION    UK   

Nearly 20,000 farms have received advice from CSF officers since the partnership between Defra, the Environment Agency and Natural England began in 2006 in a drive to tackle water pollution from agriculture.

The report evaluates the first 12 years of the advice service, showing that participating areas have seen reductions in a number of agricultural pollutants with nitrogen levels down by 4%, phosphorus levels down by 8%, and a 12.3% reduction in sediment.

Alongside improving water quality, farmers also reported seeing other benefits on their farm, such as an improved reputation after taking steps to become more environmentally friendly, or making savings on fertiliser costs by only applying the nutrients their soil actually needs.


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