By Agriculture Review
To tackle nitrogen emissions in the country, government decided to cut and reduce livestock in Netherlands.
Government also proposed to shift from intensive farming to sustainable green farming system.
Government took this decision because biodiversity is under threat in Netherlands due to excess nitrogen emissions.
Agriculture sector is responsible for nearly half of Nitrogen emissions in Netherlands.
Ammonia (NH3) comes from manure mixed with urine, gets washed into rivers and sea.
Due to new government regulations, around 11,200 farms will be closed and 17,600 farmers will have to reduce livestock.
Farmers are worried about their future and they want time from the government to adapt the change.
They said that they understand pain of farmers, but frustrated farmers were being radicalised on the issue.
Farmers need to understand that they should work with nature as an ally or else there will be a major negative impact on the environment.
Technology can solve the problem. Air scrubbers and excrement-sweeping robots operate in barns. Technology can help to reduce contact between manure and urine.