Dairy farmers rewarded more for sustainability efforts

30 January 2019

Dairy farmers in the province of Drenthe (NL) now receive more remuneration for their efforts in the area of ​​biodiversity. The province of Drenthe and Rabobank have agreed to grant rewards on the basis of similar biodiversity criteria as FrieslandCampina. This will make it more attractive for member dairy farmers to take even more sustainable initiatives.

In Drenthe, this means that dairy farmers who show concrete improvements on common sustainability indicators such as grazing and nitrogen, phosphate and ammonia emissions can count on a reward. The joint ambition of the three parties is that in 2025 there will be as many closed loops as possible on Drenthe dairy farms.

Call to everyone

Frans Keurentjes, chairman of the dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina: “All FrieslandCampina members in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany who demonstrably score well on biodiversity in Foqus planet will be rewarded from this year onwards. For example, we also envisaged the Biodiversity Monitor that we developed with WWF and Rabobank: agreeing clear criteria with which you can gain measurable insight and then rewarding effective efforts.” He also believes that there are more parties – governments, businesses and consumers – welcome to reward dairy farmers for their efforts. “We are committed to that. We are therefore pleased to see that the province of Drenthe and the Rabobank are taking these steps and would like to invite more parties to take part.”

Fltr: Frans Keurentjes, Carin van Huët (Rabobank), Henk Jumelet (deputy of Provincie of Drenthe), dairy farmer Jappie Riedstra, Lieke Hendrix (Director Animal Agro chains and Animal Welfare, Ministry LNV). They presented a package of remuneration measures for sustainable dairy farmers at Riedstra’s company in Veenhuizen