Spreading pesticides on crops could one day become a thing of the past in Luxembourg
Luxembourg’s government is to overhaul financial support for organic farming in a bid to quadruple the proportion of land given over to such farming practices in the next five years.
According to agricultural minister Romain Schneider (LSAP), the goal will be to adjust premiums, and boost investment aid to make it more advantageous financially for farms to convert and continue using organic practices.
Currently, organic farming practices are used on 5% of the country’s agricultural land. The goal of the government’s organic farming action plan will be to increase this proportion to 20% by 2025.
Under the plan, state budgets will gradually increase, starting at €3.5m for 2020 and rising to €11.4m for 2025.
To gain consumer support for organic produce, the plan outlines a target which would ensure that two-fifths of products sold in state-subsidised collective catering facilities (for example, in schools and crèches) are organic, and three-fifths from farms in the process of converting to organic practices.
There are also plans to develop an organic product certification label for Luxembourg produce and a new concept for demonstrative farms, which showcase organic farming practices.