§ Mrs. Anne Campbell
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what plans he has for the future monitoring of water erosion on arable land;
(2) what plans he has to assess the impact of wind erosion on arable land.
§ Mr. Curry
Government-funded research into soil erosion by both wind and water includes work on estimating the risk of erosion for different soils in England and Wales and is expected to result in the publication in 1993 of a map of erosion risk. In addition ADAS is engaged in a project monitoring the effects of water erosion on arable land.
A range of measures are available to farmers to tackle erosion problems, and the Government have recently issued for public consultation a draft Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Soil, which is designed to help farmers on this and other matters. A copy of the consultation document is in the Library of the House.