The dairy trade is on course to meet this year’s targets for the Milk Roadmap to cut the industry’s impact on the environment.

The Milk Roadmap Taskforce said 2010 targets to get 50% of producers involved in its Environmental Stewardship Scheme and 65% using a Nutrient Management Plan would be met.

In August last year the National Farmers’ Union said it was ahead of schedule to meet the targets set out in the plan, which was launched in 2008.

“The success of the Roadmap demonstrates the huge commitment and co-operation that is taking place between producers, processors, and retailers,” said Tim Bennett, chair of the Milk Roadmap Taskforce and DairyCo chairman.

“As a farmer myself I know how ambitious the Milk Roadmap targets are for producers, so I am extremely impressed and proud that dairy farmers have responded so positively to the goals that we’ve set, which make economic and environmental sense.”

Hayley Campbell Gibbons, the NFU’s chief dairy adviser, added: “By constantly reviewing and revising our ‘green’ targets the dairy industry is way ahead of other food sectors and non-agricultural industries when it comes to striking the right balance between maximising productivity and minimising environmental impacts.”

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