There is no place for intensive breeding in the province of Utrecht. LTO Noord Provincial President Bert van Donselaar draws this conclusion based on how the province is implementing the agricultural vision and environmental law.
This week, Van Donselaar had a discussion about this with MP Huib van Essen (GroenLinks). “The province applies very strictly the rules set out in the agricultural vision and the environmental law. Too strict, in our opinion. Future prospects should be offered to intensive companies that meet social demands and wishes, but we do not really see this in practice.
By the way, an evolution which is not new, specifies the director of the LTO. “Before, there was already little room for intensive agriculture, but the fine words of the agricultural vision are not being kept. I can only conclude that as far as the province is concerned, there is no future for intensive agriculture in Utrecht.
It is only in small parts of the province that there is still room for the development of intensive animal husbandry. In other places, the evaluation criteria are so high that it is in fact impossible to develop them, says Van Donselaar. “Fortunately, a lot of contractors are sorting out for this and still have permits on the set. But this must be resolved within ten years, otherwise many entrepreneurs will be in trouble ”.
And this particularly affects companies that want to innovate and that stand the test of time. During the conversation, the commissioner indicated that it is not provincial policy to work on building a house of death. Van Donselaar sees it differently. “I blame them. Companies that have an eye on all these wishes and social demands still have no place.
Van Donselaar believes that the goal should be to develop a space for companies that win this and want to continue. “There aren’t many, so I really wonder what the province is doing.” Next year’s Farm Vision Assessment is a good time to really make a point, according to the LTO. “This was preceded by the conversation with Van Essen.