Technology will be key in mitigating climate change, NFU says

The NFU has called on government to support investment in new technologies to help farmers in the fight against climate change.

Speaking at the Energy and Rural Business Show in Telford today, NFU Deputy President Guy Smith emphasised that innovation and technology will be key to increasing efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and that farmers are ready to play their part in the climate challenge.

Speaking ahead of the event he said: “Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time and farmers are already experiencing changes in the natural environment.

“As we head into increasingly volatile times, both politically and climactic, farmers must have the tools and confidence to make their businesses more resilient so they can increase productivity, drive down their carbon footprint and weatherproof their farms against drought and flood.

“As our recent confidence survey showed, investment is slowing because of Brexit uncertainty, meaning government support is going to be vital in the years ahead to enable investment and make these technologies more widely available. I hope to see this approach reflected in the coming Agriculture Bill.

“The NFU has recently announced its ambition for the farming industry to become net zero by 2040, and new technologies are going to be crucial in achieving this ambition.”

 

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.