- About us
- IBJ Awards
- Free Sample
- Contact us
AIC responds to Defra’s urea consultation
(Posted on 04/02/21)
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) in the UK believes that a ban on the sale and use of solid urea fertiliser is unwarranted. Instead, the agri-supply industry trade organisation has urged the Government to give the fertiliser sector the opportunity to reduce ammonia emissions through an industry-led commitment, based around the principles of Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE), which will involve demonstrating delivery through a combination of FACTS Qualified Advice and farm assurance auditing.
AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003.
“This industry-led approach would have many advantages over banning a nitrogen source from use,” says Robert Sheasby, AIC’s Chief Executive. “With an end goal to achieve UK 2030 emissions targets, and mindful of all that livestock farmers will need to do on the manure management front, the fertiliser sector is stepping up to deliver its part in curbing ammonia emissions from urea-based fertilisers.”
AIC and partners across the industry and food chain have committed to improving farm nutrient balance (notably for nitrogen and phosphorus) and NUE by 2030.
The partnership has agreed on joint ambitions for training, and how to define the big Key Performance Indicators for nutrient management, benchmarking current performance, and targeting change. It will proactively support change for agronomic good, driving down ammonia emissions, improving water quality and meeting net zero targets.
“We recognise that all fertiliser sources have their pros and cons, and that farmers and growers need the right products, for the right weather conditions, at the right time. This is where the fertiliser sector and all professional advisers are best placed to help. By supporting farmers to improve their overall crop NUE it’s a win-win situation,” adds Mr Sheasby.
While the industry awaits Defra’s initial feedback on the urea consultation, AIC has requested that Ministers delay making any regulatory decisions affecting the use of solid urea on farms until the full recommendations of Defra’s Nutrient Management Expert Group have been thoroughly considered.
Based on preliminary Census Bureau data, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has reported that... Read more
With the winter crop harvest close to completion on Australia’s east coast, GrainCorp is celebrating... Read more
Rio Tinto has published its 2020 Annual Report and its Sustainability Fact Book. These documents complement... Read more
Rusal, a leading global aluminium producer, has announced that it has been named the preferred global... Read more
Rusal a leading global aluminium producer, has announced that it has agreed to acquire the business... Read more
Rio Tinto, Paul Wurth S.A. and SHS-Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA (SHS) have signed a Memorandum... Read more
The share of agro-industrial products in the general structure of exports from Ukraine in 2020 reached... Read more
Rusal, a leading global aluminium producer, has announced operating results for the fourth quarter of... Read more
Global crude steel production reached 1,864.0 million tonnes (Mt) for the year 2020, down by 0.9% compared... Read more
Palantir Technologies Inc. have announced it has signed a multi-year enterprise agreement for its Foundry... Read more