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DEFRA

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (UK). Replaces what was once the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).
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Dr Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, added: "Five years ago Defra was at the front of the queue and took the joint largest cuts while other departments were still negotiating.
We will work with Defra on how and when this data will be released.
in helping Defra to reach and exceed its sustainability targets in areas such
Defra is using the GenSight Enterprise Portfolio Management software to help to manage the prioritization of a diverse portfolio of projects and activities including flood management, fuel poverty and environmental initiatives, which can run from a few months to many years.
As part of the strategy, Defra launched the Bees Needs campaign, which consists of 5 simple actions:grow more flowers, shrubs and trees that provide nectar and pollen as food for bees and other pollinators throughout the year,leave patches of land to grow wild with plants like stinging nettles and dandelions to provide other food sources (such as leaves for caterpillars) and breeding places for butterflies and moths,cut grass less often and ideally remove the cuttings to allow plants to flower,avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects, in places like grass margins, bare soil, hedgerows, trees, dead wood or walls,think carefully about whether to use pesticides especially where pollinators are active or nesting or where plants are in flower.
Sir Alan said: "The DEFRA offices were constructed to a very high environmental standard just six years ago, with solar panels, rainwater harvesting and wind turbines providing much of the heat and power needed for the building.
It is essential that Defra gets this right to allow the veterinary profession to have confidence that controlled shooting can be carried out humanely and effectively.
Defra has started discussions with the food industry about introducing new country-of-origin labelling rules for the UK.
The events cost Defra an additional pounds 60 million, which had to be funded by reducing budgets for other activities in the department, the PAC said.
DEFRA funding cuts have left animal health officers in Mid Wales struggling to cope with disease detection just as bluetongue threatens to arrive.
A Defra spokeswoman said vets have confirmed that the virus had been found in sheep flocks - although officials have not named the farms involved.
INITIAL blood tests on sheep suggest a new case of foot-and-mouth disease, Defra said.