Schouten sees no room for bottlenecks in the phosphate rights

Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality Minister Carola Schouten sees no way to compensate farmers who have faced difficulties due to the introduction of phosphate rights. No matter how sad some of these jams are. She fears that the sector that produces additional phosphate will have a problem with the nitrogen space. She advocates a comprehensive approach to give the sector a little more breathing room.

The minister stated this in the committee’s discussion on the phosphate rights regime on Thursday. In this debate, various political parties have drawn attention to the bottlenecks. It clearly affected her emotionally: ‘When I took office here, this was the heaviest file on my desk. Then the law had just passed in the House of Representatives.

“Choices have already been made to do it this way,” Scotten continued. It was about balancing the space for bottlenecks and the general opponent. The more bottlenecks, the greater the general discount. If we now come up with a more generous scheme of pressure, others will still have to give up.

After honoring a limited number of bottlenecks, several lawsuits followed. Shoten: Every single one of those was a bottleneck. If you want to meet with them, you almost have to come up with a public policy. According to the Calden Commission, 80 percent of dairy farmers have made investments that are irreversible. If you give an exemption, you also give more production. Then the sector risks going through the roof somewhere else, for example with nitrogen. Then action must be taken again.

Greater distance from production ceilings

The minister calls for a plan to create more ceiling space for phosphate and nitrogen. Are you close to the border yes or no. If you don’t want to interfere every time, you only need that distance. Often you only see at the end of the year how far to the ceiling that year. As now, the balance will continue.

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The bottlenecks relate not only to farmers who invested heavily, but also to companies that have not grown. These companies simply had to give up nearly 10 percent of their livestock. Caroline van der Plas of BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) ​​responded that this system only has losers.


Roelof Bisschop (SGP) agrees with Van der Plas. Compare with the case of the wildcard. It is indigestible that this consultation does not save any space. Thus the injustice continues.’ For Edgar Mulder (PVV), the last word on bottlenecks has yet to be said. So he asks for a two-minute discussion.

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