Pig and poultry units face new pollution code
EXTRA pollution controls on large pig and poultry farms are likely to include limits on manure and slurry spreading, controls on slurry storage and reductions in the release of ammonia, according to MAFF.
Releasing its consultation paper to 1000 UK pig and poultry farmers following the adoption of an EU integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive, farm minister Jack Cunningham said the new system would allow detailed enforcement of regulations rather than relying on existing voluntary Codes of Good Agricultural Practice.
Farmers will be given until 2007 to comply with the guidelines, though new units built after 1999 will have to follow the new legislation. Comments to MAFF have to be received by Nov 30.