According to a recent report by the European Environment Agency, agricultural production is a major source of freshwater diffuse pollution, mostly as a result of excessive emissions of nutrients and chemicals such as pesticides. However, the same report highlights the fact that thanks to the implementation of the EU regulations by the Member States, freshwater quality in the EU is constantly improved.
In the context of an event organized for the presentation of the aforementioned report, the Chairman of Copa and Cogeca’s Environment Working Party Niels Peter Norring, mentioned that:
“Significant environmental progress has been made by EU farmers and cooperatives in the last decade, as a result of the tough environmental rules in place under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The farming sector will continue to contribute to using water more sustainably”.
“In this context, precision farming is playing a vital role. Through smart farming, we will be able to manage natural resources more efficiently and minimize the environmental impact. For this, training and advisory services as well as knowledge exchange and financial incentives need to be strengthened“.