In 2018, more farmers became concerned about the impact of agriculture on the environment. As the result, so-called buffer zones became popular among agrarians, writes “Agro-Center”.
In Germany, in 2018, 4.3% or 1.35 million hectares of the land used for agricultural areas was allocated for ecological zones. German farmers intend to follow this strategy after the European Union’s 2020 agrarian reform.
“The figures once again confirm that farmers do implement proposals for practical agri-environmental measures,”
said the President of the DBV Joachim Rukvid.
The problem of decline in bee population also became of great concern in 2018. In order to resolve it, farmers created more than 15,000 hectares of new “bee pastures.” According to Rukvid, this figure has exceeded the minimum indicator for ecological zones by 5%.
This year, for the first time, German farmers sowed previously unused land plots with plants for honey bees. About 2200 hectares of arable land was allocated for this cause.
In the UK, farmers gave away 30% of their lands back to nature. British farmers have allocated nearly 4,600 hectares for wildlife needs. Farmers noticed that bees, birds, and hares return to the fields allocated for them. Local farmers allocate a wide variety of sites the buffer zones. In particular, 768 km of hedges, 485 hectares of fields, 954 hectares of forest areas, 131 km of waterways and 94 ponds.
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