Defra has released results from its annual Farm Practice Survey of farmer attitudes towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
10 key findings of the report:
1 Only 7% of the 750 farmers quizzed thought that reducing greenhouse gases was “very important” a figure that has not changed since the last survey was conducted.
2 More than half (55%) placed little or no importance on cutting emissions.
3 Nevertheless eight out of 10 farmers thought it was good practice.
4 Overall almost 60% of farmers and growers were taking some action to reduce greenhouse gases.
5 A smaller number (53%) were carrying out improvements to increase profitability (eg saving energy, more accurate fertiliser application).
6 Larger farms were more likely to be taking some action than smaller farms.
7 Grazing livestock farms were the least likely to be carrying out work to cut gases with just 45% participating.
8 Of those taking some action recycling waste material was the most common activity.
9 Out of the farmers who were not acting to cut emissions, one in four said there was a lack of adequate guidance on what to do.
10 Financial barriers were also cited by this group with 18% of them saying there was not enough incentive and 11% saying the work was too expensive to carry out.