Strategies to meet the requirements of the Nitrates Directive on arable and field vegetable farms in The Netherlands

J.W.A. Langeveld

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    Abstract

    Intensive fertilisation practices in the Netherlands make it cumbersome to comply with the EU Nitrate Directive. Over the years, government has adopted increasingly strict environmental legislation, including the farm gate balance system MINAS (MINeral Accounting System) and a compulsory manure surplus contract system. The interactive research project named 'Farming with a future' was started in 2000 in order to assist the arable sector to comply with this legislation while maintaining its economic basis as much as possible. In the project, pilot farmers receive intensive guidance on appropriate ways to reduce their nutrient inputs and consequently nitrate leaching. The paper discusses the setting up of the project, which links commercial pilot farms to experimental farms with intensive process research. It provides results on nitrogen inputs, outputs and surpluses, as well as preliminary figures on nitrate groundwater concentrations, and ends with a short discussion on the prospects of the chosen approach
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherInternational Fertiliser Society
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Print)9780853101550
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Publication series

    NameProceedings
    PublisherInternational Fertiliser Society
    No.no. 519
    ISSN (Print)1466-1314

    Keywords

    • nitrogen fertilizers
    • nitrate
    • arable farming
    • leaching
    • water pollution
    • agricultural policy
    • netherlands

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    Langeveld, J. W. A. (2003). Strategies to meet the requirements of the Nitrates Directive on arable and field vegetable farms in The Netherlands. (Proceedings; No. no. 519). International Fertiliser Society.