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Netherlands: Zeeland is competing with the goose agreement

Goose Meat
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Netherlands
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Published Jan 31, 2024

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The Provincial Council in Zeeland, Netherlands, is exploring measures to mitigate the increasing damage to crops caused by geese, a cost that is currently borne by the province. Local farmers are facing significant issues due to barnacle geese damaging winter barley and wheat crops. The Fauna Management Unit (FBE) Zeeland recognizes the problem but is bound by the Goose Agreement, which protects migrating geese during winter. The council is now working to catalogue the geese species and the extent of damage they cause, aiming to manage the problem while preserving protected species.
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Policy making is up to the Provincial Council, but according to Nielen the council wants to reduce both the increasing damage to crops and the damage burden that ultimately ends up on the province's plate. 'All geese that may be chased or chased must be chased or chased.' This will sound like music to the ears of many Zeeland arable farmers. For example, Kees Hanse from Zierikzee, who is currently experiencing a lot of problems with barnacle geese in winter barley. "And for this they completely ate the winter wheat," he says. 'Barley is all about seed multiplication, so I can no longer sow spring grain through it. The damage will become apparent during the final appraisal in the summer," said the arable farmer. Increased damage Hanse watches with dismay as the nuisance and damage increases every year. 'This year there are a striking number of barnacle and brent geese. Because you are not even allowed to chase away those species because they are in winter dormancy, I can only watch ...
Source: Nieuwe Oogst
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