Monday, January 21, 2008

Farmers Stop Nature Preservation Due to Bureaucracy

In the Netherlands there is a subsidy system which allows farmers to treat part of their land as a nature reserve. Each year 100 million Euro are available for this purpose. However, at the end of the first six-year period, one-third of the farmers had left the program due to the bureaucracy involved. Jan Huizing, a senior official of the Ministry of Agriculture, has admitted that the rules of the program are extremely complicated and often impossible to execute.

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