The government proposes that the targeted regulation should reduce 6,500 tonnes of nitrogen against 3,500 tonnes today. It shows a leaked memo with calculations from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of the Environment according to Landbrugsavisen.
Specifically, for example, Central and Western Jutland will be affected by new and tougher reduction requirements, while North Jutland and parts of Southern Jutland will be completely free.
Bornholm, Djursland and parts of Falster will also for the first time have a requirement for targeted regulation.
Food and Agriculture Minister Rasmus Prehn (S) acknowledges that when fewer hectares have to reduce more nitrogen, some farmers will be hit particularly hard.
– When there are some who are hit harder, it looks violent, but the whole reason for that is that there are some who get away cheaper. On the map you can see that North Jutland is free, for example, says Rasmus Prehn to Landbrugsavisen.
Calculations have not yet been submitted on the consequences of the updated figures, but the government’s ambition is that it must not cost jobs.
The blue parties flatly refuse to follow the updated figures.
According to the interest group Agriculture & Food, the proposal will cost many jobs if implemented as it is.
– The calculations show that thousands of jobs in agriculture and in the secondary occupations are endangered.
– It is alarming and it does not sound like what the government has promised; namely that their policy must not cost growth and jobs, says chairman of Agriculture & Food Søren Søndergaard in a statement.
He points out that the new calculations show that the proposal will threaten the basis for 6000-7000 jobs for the areas that the interest group has counted on.
The organization has calculated the consequences in six areas, which corresponds to 20 percent of the total agricultural area. Thus, the job loss may be greater.
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