CEJA President Joris Baecke calls for improvement of Greening modalities at high-level Conference in Copenhagen
The Conference, entitled “The new CAP: the right path to sustainable farming?”, was organised by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) alongside Birdlife, a global alliance of conservation organisations. Opened by Danish Minister for Agriculture Mette Gjerskov, it focused on the role the Danish Presidency will be playing in the discussions on the legislative process of the coming CAP reform, particularly in relation to Greening measures. President Baecke spoke in the afternoon panel, taking part in the debate on “What will crop diversification, ecological focus areas and protection of permanent pastures bring for biodiversity, soil, water and climate?”
Outlining the European Council of Young Farmers’ position on the proposals to green the direct payments in the first pillar of the CAP, he called for a longer list of potential greening measures for farms to choose from, including
- Use of precision farming techniques including improving water and soil management
- Leguminous- based systems
- Farm energy- efficiency measures
- Green cover
- Buffer strips
- Permanent cultures
- Ecological features
- Crop rotation
- Permanent pasture linked to animal production.
On the subject of the essential contribution young farmers can make to a more environmentally sustainable future for European agriculture, the CEJA President stated that “Young farmers are crucial to this discussion, and we will be relying on them to implement important environmental protection and climate change mitigation measures.” Mr Baecke closed his statement by highlighting the fact that “Young farmers are committed to their duty to European society, not only by continuing to provide high quality, competitive food production, but also by doing it in a sustainable and responsible way”.
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