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Manure Policy and MINAS

Regulating Nitrogen and Phosphorus Surpluses in Agriculture of the Netherlands You do not have access to this content

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03 Oct 2005
Pages:
47
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No.:
18,
Volume:
5,
Issue:
5
Pages:
1–47
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/oecd_papers-v5-art18-en

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This paper discusses the manure policy in the Netherlands with emphasis on the N and P
accounting system MINAS. MINAS was introduced by the Netherlands’ government in 1998, to step-wise decrease the N and P surpluses at farm level in 5 to 10 years to environmental acceptable levels (e.g. Henkens and Van Keulen, 2001). Individual farms that exceed certain levy-free surpluses for N and P (expressed in kg per ha per year) are charged with a financial levy, so as to encourage farmers to decrease the N and P surpluses. Whilst the use of nutrient balances in agricultural research has a history of at least one century, using nutrient balances with levies on surpluses as an instrument to ecologically transform agriculture had no precedent.
 
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