Minister visits Co-operative Farm as it renews environmental commitments

Minister of state for agriculture and food Jim Paice has paid a visit to the Co-operative's flagship Coldham farm in Cambridgeshire.

His visit marked the Co-op's extended commitment to environmental stewardship, as the The Co-operative Farms signs up to the Entry Level Scheme (ELS) scheme with Natural England for a further five years.

This means that it is increasing the amount of land in agreements on farms it manages to more than 6,500 hectares.

Paice was joined on the Wisbech-based farm, which grows sweetcorn, shallots, onions, broccoli and potatoes and has a windfarm, by Christine Tacon, managing director of Co-operative Farms and Poul Christensen, chair of Natural England.

Paice said: "This is great news for the countryside, the farming industry and the campaign for the farmed environment. In renewing their ELS agreements, Co-operative Farms are demonstrating their commitment to sustainable farming, protecting the environment and are to be commended for setting a great example for the rest of the agricultural industry."


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