Scheme Cuts Red Tape of Environment Regs

UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Environment Agency have launched a new initiative to cut red tape and reduce costs for farmers.
calendar icon 26 February 2010
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The farm assurance scheme for pig and poultry producers who are regulated through the Environmental Permitting Regulations will save around £850 of Environment Agency charges per farm.

The scheme has been developed with Assured Food Standards and with the support of the National Pig Association, the British Poultry Council and the British Egg Industry Council.

It means just one inspection per year instead of three for farmers who qualify by achieving a high standard of compliance under their permit.

Certification bodies, trained by the Environmental Agency, will carry out the inspections as an adjunct to the audits for Red Tractor farm assurance.

NFU Acting Director General Martin Haworth said: "This is a ground-breaking better regulation initiative designed to minimise the burden on the farming industry. Both the NFU and the Environment Agency are very conscious of the need to reduce the administrative pressures on the pig and poultry sectors, and of the need for an industry with very tight margins to be competitive.

"This approach will mean a reduction in cost and red tape for producers as well as protecting the environment. Fewer visits to farms will be required. It is a good example of where the agriculture industry and the Environment Agency have worked together to help reduce costs for producers and reward farmers that have demonstrated good environmental practice."

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