Thursday’s leaves: Flights, fertilizer and four elections

The country’s largest daily circulation, Helsingin sanomat newspapercontains an analysis of the possible effects of the forthcoming foreign and domestic elections on ’s pending NATO membership.

Turkey, Finland and will have parliamentary elections in the next 12 months, and the US by-elections are only five months away.

According to HS, although NATO membership enjoys widespread cross-party support in Finland, this is not the case in Sweden. Despite the fact that the only parties opposing the transfer, the Greens and the Left, vote by only 12.7 per cent, the election result for the Nordic neighbor is unlikely to affect Finland’s NATO process.

When the U.S. by-elections are held in November, polls say the Democratic Party will suffer losses, HS writes. However, as the Republican Party also largely supports Nordic membership, the change of power is unlikely to affect Finland’s pending NATO membership.

If the NATO impasse is not resolved within a year, can Turkey change its line after its own parliamentary elections in a year’s time?

As Turkey accuses Finland and Sweden of securing terrorists and obstructing NATO membership talks between the two countries, many political experts believe the country’s real goal is to start a dialogue with the United States and secure an F-35 fighter program for Turkey.

The Turkish government often shows a more friendly attitude towards the West after the election Toni Alaranta, Senior Researcher at the Foreign Policy Institute. This could, in theory, open up an opportunity for the Turkish president will change his tone, especially if he feels he has won a political victory over the United States over the past year, Alaranta said.

Turkey’s position may also weaken with the change of power, HS writes. The country’s largest opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), has said it is discussing the Kurdish issue bilaterally with Finland and Sweden instead of preventing the countries from joining the alliance.

Domestic flights will be cut

Financial messages says the number of flights on five domestic routes will fall by 20% due to rising fuel costs.

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom announced on Wednesday that the connections will connect to Joensuu, Jyväskylä, and / Pietarsaari and Kemi / Tornio.

"It is unfortunate that flights have to be canceled, but the rise in fuel prices has been so significant that the budget set aside for the purchase of these flights would otherwise not be enough." said Pipsa EklundTraficom CEO, in a press release on Wednesday.

Reassessment of recycled fertilizers

Journal of the Farmers’ Union Future of the countryside Report on the possibilities of using recycled fertilizers in Finland, including an interview with a farmer who has tried it for the first time.

Last year, Max SchulmanA farmer in the southwestern municipality of Lohja experimented with large amounts of recycled fertilizer in his fields and reported that fertilizer made from organic waste from the food industry, shops and restaurants worked well.

"It reacts well with the soil and its nutrients are evenly distributed," Schulman told the newspaper.

Although recycled fertilizer is cheaper than mineral fertilizers, application costs as well as possible restrictions on cultivation must be taken into account, the Rural Future writes.

The total area of ​​Finnish fields is about 2.2 million hectares, of which about 1.8 million hectares are in efficient cultivation, Product Manager of the Finnish energy company Juhani Viljakainenestimated.

Viljakainen and Schulman agreed that there is not yet enough production of recycled fertilizers in Finland for all farmers to enter the market.

"If recycled fertilizer were used efficiently, it could cover up to 10 percent of the need for fertilizer." Viljakainen pointed out.

Source: The Nordic Page

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