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Baltic and Polish ministers sign common statement

1. November 2019 - 0:00
Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik (left), together with his colleagues from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik (left), together with his colleagues from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Photo: Simo Sepp / Ministry of Rural Affairs.

During a meeting in Tartu on 31 October, Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik, together with his colleagues from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, signed a common statement on the liming of acid soils.

Additional measures need to be adopted in agriculture to implement the ambitious climate objectives of the European Union, which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between soil acidity and carbon content – a higher acidity of soils equals smaller carbon content. Regular and systemic liming would considerably improve the condition of soils.

“The aim of the signed common statement is to ensure that the European Commission would consider liming acid agricultural soils as one possible environmental measure, which could be funded under the Common Agricultural Policy during the new financial period”, Minister Järvik said.

Reducing food fraud was also under discussion during the meeting. Consumers want fresh high-quality products all year round, which is why international food trade keeps on expanding. Supply chains have become long and complex and many risks and problems are of a transboundary nature.
“It is vital that countries with similar interests, such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, work together even more to combat food fraud,” Minister Järvik stressed.

All the representatives at the meeting agreed on the importance of information exchange and an extended cooperation between countries regarding food fraud to reduce risks to human health, the economy and to the reputations of both businesses and countries.

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