Wojciechowski: Allow Renure fertilizer quickly, but not everywhere

EP Plenary session - Voting session

Most EU countries agree with the Belgian-Dutch request to the European Commission to allow dry natural Renure fertilizer in agriculture and horticulture as soon as possible. Agriculture Commissioner Janus Wojciechowski also welcomes the arrival of new agents, but warned that they should not lead to more nitrate pollution of the groundwater.

On behalf of five EU countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Portugal and Spain), the Belgian Minister David Clarinval asked for a revision of the current rules and guidelines, as the Russian war against Ukraine and the energy crisis have made it clear that the EU urgently needs different and new fertilizer rules.

The European Commission also believes that there should be a European fertilizer response. This is currently being finalized in Brussels. The Commission plans to present that action plan on 9 November. 

The Renure proposal, previously advocated by the Dutch MEP Jan Huitema (VVD), is more or less 'when called' in the current crisis. At least fourteen EU countries asked Wojciechowski in Luxembourg on Monday to include the new dry animal manure in his European strategy. He promised that.

The European agricultural chief pointed out that Renure fits in with the new course of the Green Deal and the eco-schemes of the new common agricultural policy. The petitioners had emphasized that dry (animal) manure is more environmentally friendly than the use of chemical agents.

But Wojciechowski did not want to publicly endorse this statement at a press conference after the game and kept blows. He merely said that agricultural policy is already doing a lot to reduce environmental damage from chemical agents.

Wojciechowski, on the other hand, explicitly mentioned the current maximum of 170 kilos of animal manure per hectare per year. As far as he is concerned, there is no possibility of a new derogation, according to his response. According to him, the use of Renure can already be used on 30 percent of agricultural land in Europe without any restrictions, but not in 70 percent of those gebieden where the drinking water is already polluted or threatened by pollution.

Moreover, he pointed out that more than ninety percent of European manure already finds its way to customers, and that at most ten percent will be available for Renure processing.