GrowHow, Britains only fertiliser manufacturer,has welcomed a recent announcement from Defra that it will devote part of itsRural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding to helping farmersimprove their Nitrogen use efficiency.
Further details are expected in the summer/autumnand Defras announcement applies to farmers in England only.
Sam Bell, from GrowHow, welcomed the news. Shesaid: We await official confirmation of the details, but we think this couldbe great news for Englands farmers and for the environment. Anything that helpsour customers use products like Nitram and DoubleTop more efficiently is alwayswelcome.
Early indications from our discussions with Defraand others suggest this work could include sharing best practice about usingon-farm sources of Nitrogen, like slurry, more efficiently.
Again we would welcome any efforts to help ourcustomers save money and grow prosperous farming businesses.
From what we know of the proposals so far, theyall chime well with the technical, science-based approach we have to Nitrogenfertiliser product use at GrowHow.
Recognising the importance of reducing ammoniaemissions from agriculture, the support from Defras programme may involveproviding farmers and groups with advice on how to capture more of the Nitrogenthey use in producing food leaving less potential Nitrogen loss to theenvironment.
Sam Bell continued: We think this work will focuson fertiliser, manure and animal feed sources of Nitrogen, with an emphasis onreducing ammonia emissions.
If so, then we might see measures aimed atreducing the use of urea fertilisers, and encouraging farmers to move away fromsplash plate slurry applications to dribble bar and soil injection. We couldalso see schemes promoting effective slurry store covers, using weatherforecasting to inform manure handling decisions, and improvements to manurestorage design.
Were very excited by this news and we are readyto be involved in whatever way Defra or other partners see fit.