Dialogue of the ministers, a key to resolve common issues in the environmental and agricultural sectors2017-08-22
Today, Kęstutis Navickas, minister of the Environment, has met his colleague, Bronius Markauskas, minister of Agriculture, to discuss issues common to the sectors under their care. Vice-ministers of both authorities were also in attendance.
According to Kęstutis Navickas, this meeting was dedicated to a constructive dialogue, so as to exchange the views of the two ministries, dispel any uncertainties, and focus the efforts of both authorities on optimum ways to deal with common issues.
One of the key issues is the impact of agricultural pollution on the environment. It will mostly affect bodies of water, and regrettably is on the increase, particularly due to the use of synthetic fertilisers.
Measures required for mitigation of agricultural pollution include sustainable farming, crop rotation, increased areas of perennial fields, improved soil fertility, innovative technologies for management of manure, stricter and optimised use of synthetic fertilisers, and replacement of the same with organic ones, changes to the composition of feedingstuffs etc.
The meeting was also used to discuss cooperation of the two ministries and subordinate agencies in implementation of the Water Development Programme, to plan and draft legal and economic measures combatting greenhouse gas emissions, in order to secure a sustainable use of agricultural land, increased forestation, etc.
The Ministers have besides discussed the need to introduce a better regulation of fishery by the Baltic Sea coast, to optimise the monitoring of fisheries resources, to provide for liability for breach of rules governing forestation on non-forest land, to expedite the transfer of State forests, still with the fund of free State land, and not used for restoration of property, to the benefit of forestry enterprises, to be managed in terms of trust, etc.
Public Communication Division