European farmers will receive EU funding to reduce methane emissions from livestock farms and increase organic agricultural land.
The EU’s greenhouse gas emission reduction programs (zero emissions by 2050) allocate € 387 billion in the agricultural sector for 2021-2027 (generating 10% of EU greenhouse gas emissions).
These funds are used for both direct payments to farmers and general rural development programs. For livestock breeders, these funds provide for the transition to organic production, the addition of feed additives that will reduce methane emissions.
At the same time, the European Farmers’ Association Copa Cogeca welcomed the proposals, but insisted that participation in the eco-program should only be voluntary.