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“Farmers must take action now or it will be too late” – Podcast with Jaap Haanstra

“Farmers must take action now or it will be too late” – Podcast with Jaap Haanstra






Podcast With Jaap Haanstra



The famous nitrogen ticket introduced by Minister Christiane van der Waals caused a sensation in the agricultural Netherlands a year and a half ago. On December 5, the department released a new map, this time with eutrophic areas (Nevada areas). As fierce as the response to the first card was, the response to the second card was lukewarm. Jaap Haanstra explains that this is not true. It calls on arable farmers in the Netherlands to take action.

The arable farmer from Luttelgeest, who has a lot of experience in advocacy, tells host Jurphaas Lugtenburg in this podcast that there is a lot of room for negotiation on the numbers behind Nevada’s districts. From outdated measurement data, sample points found in cities lead to poor statistical proof. The consequences for farmers in Nevada’s regions are significant, with a 20% reduction in total acreage nitrogen use in 2025. “Less nitrogen means lower yields,” Haanstra says. “Farmers have been directly harmed with no benefit to the environment. As a sector, we can’t ignore that, can we?”

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