Ulster farmers can play important role in climate change fight

The local farming industry can play a key role in the European Union's fight against climate change, according to the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU).

"The farming industry has potential to contribute to the economy and the challenge of climate change through alternative land uses," said UFU rural enterprise policy chairman Michael Harnett.

"Renewable energy crops and other alternative land uses have the potential to be an exciting option for the farming industry, bringing sustainability to the rural economy and helping society to meet its environmental obligations."

Mr Harnett made the statement following proposals from the European Commission to introduce a number measures to tackle climate change, including a target of 20% usage of renewables in Europe's overall energy consumption by 2020.

He called on the government to provide policies that would put growers in Northern Ireland on an equal footing to their counterparts in other EU states.

One problem that the UFU said is currently hindering would-be green farmers is the "very high connection charges" to supply electricity to the national grid.

Ben Meggeson


| agriculture


Waste & resource management
Click a keyword to see more stories on that topic, view related news, or find more related items.


You need to be logged in to make a comment. Don't have an account? Set one up right now in seconds!

© Faversham House Ltd 2008. edie news articles may be copied or forwarded for individual use only. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.