The latest survey results by Farming Futures find that
81 per cent of pig farmers questioned report that they
are taking action to combat climate change on farm.
Although climate change presents opportunities for pig
farmers - and 22 per cent of those surveyed cite warmer
weather as a climate change benefit; climate change also
presents risks. Managing these risks through adaptation
is key to business success in the future.
In 2007, farmers have faced serious challenges from the
dry spring, new diseases and summer floods, highlighting
the need to be aware of, and manage these risks. By recognising
their responsibilities and taking action now, farmers and
land managers can reduce risk and take advantage of new
business opportunities presented by climate change.
Pig farmers are urged to use the www.farmingfutures.org.uk resources to find out how they can be part of the solution
to climate change and to speak with their animal nutritionists
for technical support.
Hilary Benn, Secretary of State said: "It is really
encouraging to see from the Farming Futures survey that
awareness of climate change among farmers is growing. I
look forward to now seeing the industry go further in recognising
its responsibilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
and in turning awareness into practical action on the ground."
Peter Kendall, NFU President said: "Farming faces
a great threat with increasing, unpredictable weather and
the effect climate change is having on the environment
across the world. This will impact on global markets, as
we have already seen. As farmers we cannot afford not to
rise to the challenges this presents, as well as reducing
our own environmental impact. Agriculture is uniquely placed
to provide solutions to the great issues of food, energy
an environmental security and we need to see coherent thinking
from Government across its policy-making to ensure farmers
can prepare for the challenges that lie ahead."
Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, President of the CLA said: "The
Farming Futures survey results also show that 22 per cent
of farmers want to measure their on-farm emissions. The
CLA's Calm calculator will soon offer the opportunity of
a freely available, on-line, business-based approach for
farms and estates to calculate their annual emissions and
the carbon sequestration of the key greenhouse gases associated
with the activities of land-based businesses.
"Land managers can then begin to understand, quantify
and manage greenhouse gas emissions and take advantage
of the opportunities that climate change presents."
David Caffall, Chief Executive of the AIC said: there
are around 4000 professional advisers offering latest advice.
Many supply companies are running workshops to assist their
customers in achieving input efficiencies. Support is also
available from animal nutritionist and feed formulators.
Graham Jellis, HGCA Research Director said: "These
results show that farmers can be part of the solution.
We need to see more action now, so that farmers and growers
can take advantage of the opportunities that climate change
presents, and prepare for the risks."
Farming Futures is a communications collaboration between
the NFU, CLA, AIC, ARF, Defra and Forum for the Future.
It aims to raise awareness of the opportunities, risks
and responsibilities presented to farmers and land managers
by climate change.
The project, which has recently secured £250,000
in funding from Defra's Secretary of State, will re-launch
at the Oxford Farming Conference on 3 January 2008.
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