Sep 14 2022 2:11 p.m
According to the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Staghouwer resigned because the tasks were too big for him and he could not offer farmers any security. According to the specialist magazine Agrarheute, the farmers’ protests were decisive for his resignation.
In the second week of September, on September 5, Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Staghouwer announced his resignation via Twitter agricultural today one day later reported.
The minister would be after his own assessment failed to implement the European nitrogen policy in the Netherlands. He justified his resignation by saying that farmers “need certainty about the development of the sector in order to be able to invest and do business”.
Staghouwer also explained “that he was not the right manager to meet the challenges in agriculture,” according to the specialist magazine. The tasks would be too big for him. That’s why the minister “asked himself the question of whether he was the right person to take a leading role in working on these challenges.” Eventually he decided he wasn’t the right person for the job.
So far, farmers in the Netherlands have had an exemption for nitrate application. They were allowed to bring more nitrate to the fields with the manure than the 170 kilograms of nitrate per hectare prescribed in the EU. This special regulation is to be phased out gradually by 2026, with farmers still being able to apply for compensation for the stricter fertilizer law in the first year. For dairy farmers, the impact would be significant agricultural today Celebration. However, the decision on this is not yet complete. From September 15th, the Dutch nitrate committee will meet again.
sea Dutch News the nitrate regulations also apply to Denmark, Ireland and the Flanders region, which would also have to vote on the exemption decision.
By 2030, the Dutch government wants to reduce nitrogen emissions by an average of 50 percent. According to estimates, about a third of livestock farmers would have to give up their businesses.
According to agricultural today there is no way around the EU’s nitrogen policy for farmers in the Netherlands. According to the magazine, Minister of Agriculture Staghouwer would now resign because of the peasant protests give up:
“Because they won’t give up their protest against it, Dutch Minister of Agriculture Henk Staghouwer (Christian Union) announced his resignation yesterday evening (September 5th).”
The Dutch Prime Minister thanked Staghouwer for his important service in the kingdom. Until the replacement, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Carola Schouten, would take over the position. The former agriculture minister currently also holds the ministerial office for poverty policy in the Netherlands.
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