LTO foreman about nitrogen: ‘A change of course is needed’

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LTO foreman about nitrogen: ‘A change of course is needed’

The victory of the BoerBurgerBeweging in the provincial elections could throw a spanner in the works of the cabinet’s nitrogen policy. President Sjaak van der Tak of LTO Netherlands thinks this is a good thing. ‘The cabinet must start with a change of course with regard to the plans for nitrogen and the countryside.’

Van der Tak believes that the cabinet is setting ‘goals that are too high’ with the current nitrogen policy. ‘I think that the goal of halving the livestock, the nitrogen plan and further shrinkage are all unrealistic.’ The LTO foreman believes that the course should therefore be changed.

More realistic policy

However, the nitrogen plans cannot be completely abandoned. The cabinet is bound by court rulings and is therefore forced to introduce a certain direction in the nitrogen policy. Van der Tak has difficulty with how sharply those goals are formulated. ‘It really has to change, there are now issues about 2030, while the previous cabinet spoke about 2035. A more realistic policy is needed’

The provinces must present their nitrogen plans on 1 July. There is a good chance that the BBB has a hand in those plans. But the coalition can also choose to take a different tack by working together with the left flank, for example with the combination of GroenLinks and PvdA. If it is up to the LTO foreman, that combination is possible for other issues, but not when it comes to farmers and the countryside.

Chairman Sjaak van der Tak, of LTO-Nederland, believes that the cabinet has set ‘goals that are too high’ with the current nitrogen policy. (ANP / Nico Garstman)

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