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New tech needed for British farmers to battle climate change, NFU says

The NFU has called on government to support investment in new technologies to help farmers in the fight against climate change.

Technology will play an important role in increasing efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions stemming from the farming industry.

The union said farmers are ‘ready to play their part’ in the climate challenge, and are striving to achieve net zero emissions, reduce agricultural emissions and initiate negative emissions.

Achieving net zero emissions from farming by around 2050 would be in line with the historic Paris Climate Agreement, signed by the UK and nearly 200 other countries in 2016.It comes as Westminster signals a shift to green farming policies after Brexit. Last year, Defra Secretary Michael Gove announced British farmers will receive money to make improvements to the environment under a new system of subsidies.

Under it, farmers will be rewarded for planting wildlife habitats, woods, wildflower meadows and other environmental benefits.

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