Farmers and horticulturists do not necessarily consider a space minister necessary

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By naming the main spatial planning tasks, there is also a call for a more directive role for the central government. Opinions about how far this guidance goes vary widely.

Attack is being waged from all sides on the already rare earths. Energy transformation, making agriculture more sustainable, nature, housing, and malls all require their place. How can this be managed properly?

Last fall, the Council of Government Advisors argued in favor of the Minister of Spatial Planning, and even wrote a full-fledged minister Transfer Around. The Ministry of Spatial Planning links other policy departments and implementing organizations, in order to reach an integrated approach.

LTO Nederland understands that there is much to be said about such a ministry. This may take a structured approach to the playing field with levels of government and parties taking part in the discussion. “But it would be a mistake to expect all the benefits from it,” LTO writes in Earth Vision 2021.

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The organization believes that the focus in this guiding role should be on creating the conditions in which regional and regional parties can develop initiatives. An example is monitoring the destination of agricultural land.

The Opinion Committee for New Harvest shows that there is no clear majority among farmers and horticulturists for the Minister of Space or Environment. Proponents hope that such a minister will bring more streak into politics. “As long as there is no central control, everyone deals with their responsibilities,” says one of the respondents. Others hope that such a person will be able to ensure that all provinces have the same rules.

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Opponents question whether the space minister is in the interest of farms and horticulture. Others fear a larger and bureaucratic government, or believe a boycott is more able to balance spatial interests.

What also emerges from the survey in February is that many entrepreneurs are calling for clear, long-term policies.

LTO and Nieuwe Oogst are organizing a rural debate

LTO Nederland and Nieuwe Oogst will hold a debate on Thursday 11 March on the challenges and opportunities facing the countryside. The role of farmers and horticulturists as carriers of rural areas and earning capacity is central. The election debate can be followed online that evening from 8 PM via Nieuwe Oogst’s live broadcast. Discussion participants are Cees de Jong (CDA), Jan Klink (VVD), Tjeerd de Groot (D66), Roelof Bisschop (SGP), Hermen Vreugdenhil (CU), Caroline van der Plas (BBB), Jan Cees Vogelaar ( JA21) and Laura Promate (GL). Follow also the other news about the parliamentary elections on March 17th.

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