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AIC reminds farmers to use inhibitor when applying urea fertilizers

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Farmers in England preparing for the busy spring season must remember to use an inhibitor when applying urea fertilizers to avoid further government restrictions and help improve air quality, the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has warned.

The agri-supply trade association is reminding farmers and growers that the agricultural supply industry and farming unions are committed to working in partnership to deliver substantial ammonia emissions reductions from the use of both solid and liquid fertilizers containing urea from April this year.

An industry voluntary approach agreed last year means farmers and growers must use ammonia abatement treatments and inhibitors to counter the risk of the government seeking to further restrict the use of urea fertilizer with tough regulation, a potential move driven by the urgent need to cut ammonia emissions in the UK.

AIC has worked with farming unions and the industry to find and implement a voluntary solution which ensures farmers' access to vital fertilizers while helping to meet the UK's legally binding air quality targets for ammonia emissions.

Jo Gilbertson, AIC's Head of Fertilizer, said: "The industry's collective agreement with the government to use inhibitors, and therefore avoid the very real threat of an outright ban on urea fertilizers, was hard won last year.”

"It is imperative that the entire farming industry maintains its clear commitment to support this arrangement in the face of the ever-present threat of regulation, which is driven by the UK's legal obligations to cut ammonia emissions as part of international air improvement treaties."

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