Dutch pig manure issue to be faced
The Dutch pig industry must take responsibility for
dealing with any surplus manure that cannot be spread on land, agriculture
minister Gerda Verburg said this week.
During a recent parliamentary session, Verburg said
pig producers would face pressure on the manure market in 2015, but the sector
itself must come up with structural and innovative solutions.
party, the Party for Animals were questioning the minister how she intended to
act on the conclusions of a report by the Agricultural Economics Institute (LEI)
on the manure market between 2009 and 2015.
The report predicts that
there will be a structural manure surplus in the Netherlands by 2009 and that by
2015, 13 000 tonnes of surplus phosphate will have accumulated.
Netherlands has a large livestock industry and a relatively small agricultural
area. Verburg said she expected the pig sector to feel the pressure most of all.
But she stressed that it was up to the industry to find solutions to prevent a
long-term build-up of surplus manure.
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