New Code of Good Agricultural Practice for Reducing Ammonia Emissions
By Peter Danks, Director Reading Agricultural Consultants
Defra has published a new Code of Good Agricultural Practice as a major part of the UK’s draft Clean Air Strategy. Agriculture is responsible for almost 90% of UK ammonia gas emissions that affect air quality.
The Code covers nutrient management planning, slurry and manure storage and application techniques designed to reduce emissions. It recommends the use of slurry store covers and ways to minimise the surface area of muck heaps and covering with plastic sheeting to reduce the air movement across stores.
The draft Clean Air Strategy recommends that all slurry and digestate stores and manure heaps should be covered by 2027.