Farming industry must act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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Agriculture Minister Jim Paice has challenged farmers to live up to their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking at the launch of the farming industry’s Greenhouse Gas Action Plan, Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said:

“Our farmers are making an important commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and we will continue to support them to achieve this. I’d really like to see the industry seizing this opportunity and I look forward to seeing real action in farms across the country.

“This is the first step on the farming sector’s road to becoming more sustainable and I expect the partner organisations to show clear leadership as industry works to meet this challenge.”

The Minister thanked the National Farmers Union, the Country Land and Business Association, and the Agricultural Industries Confederation for their work to coordinate the plan's delivery.

The farming industry's progress will be reviewed in 2012 as part of a wider Government review of how different activities, including Government policy, affect agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

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