Under legislation to be enforced this July by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, equestrian businesses - from livery yards to studs and riding schools - which compost muck to use as fertiliser will have to obtain a permit costing up to £500.
Mr Mowlah said the legislation came as a double whammy, as from July 1, to compost the waste businesses will need to have installed leak-proof concrete flooring beneath the muck heaps with a sealed holding tank for the liquid which runs off - all at a cost which could run into the hundreds of pounds.
My own take
Does this mean that we will find it ever harder to obtain supplies of good manure? Just as we had decided to switch over totally to horse manure after a successful experiment this last summer. We have a planet being destroyed by global warming, whilst the Government is taxing green measures that can save a terrific amount from the carbon footprint incurred by producing chemical fertilizers. It beggars belief!