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CPRE chief exec welcomes the focus on healthy soils in the agriculture bill

16th January 2020

The bill recognises the need for our soils to be regenerated.

CPRE chief executive Crispin Truman said today:

‘This agriculture bill has been a long time coming but it’s clear the government has listened to our message about how essential our soils are. We need healthy soil for the supply of food and clean water, and to help us lock up carbon to tackle the climate emergency.

‘As new payment schemes for farmers are developed, there must be clear support for approaches already being pioneered and made to work by farmers such as agroforestry and conservation agriculture. But farmers need training, mentoring and advice to help them roll out nature-friendly farming across the countryside.’

Radio 4’s PM devoted some 15 minutes to the issue and interviewed Sarah McMonagle from CPRE on several aspects of the bill.

Read more on the CPRE response: Government follows CPRE’s lead in recognising the value of soil – CPRE

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Potato planting near Bromsash Jonathan Billinger