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Agricultural strategy

End to pesticides, lower density animal rearing



Luxembourg’s new agricultural plan will focus on subsidies to incentivise a shift to more sustainable farming practices Photo: Shutterstock

Luxembourg’s new agricultural plan will focus on subsidies to incentivise a shift to more sustainable farming practices Photo: Shutterstock

The density of animal rearing in Luxembourg should remain low or even decrease in future, says the country’s agricultural minister, unveiling the national strategy.

Speaking to members of the agricultural parliamentary committee on Tuesday, minister Romain SchneiderRomain Schneider (LSAP) added that pesticides should not be used and that compensation payments to disadvantaged regions would be maintained. Among the concrete shifts the strategy aims to encourage are greater take-up of organic farming practices and the conversion of agricultural land into green areas.

Schneider explained that 40% of the total budget has been reserved for animal welfare and the protection of the environment and climate.

The minister said that the plan will evolve further and will be adapted pending consultations with stakeholders and the public on 15 October.