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Böcking: Round table should bring grea­ter clarity

Bun­des­tag mem­ber Danie­la De Rid­der and Sta­te Secreta­ry Micha­el Rüter visit Klasmann-Deilmann 

Mem­ber of the Bun­des­tag Dr Danie­la De Rid­der (SPD) has been on a visit to the Klasmann-Deilmann Group in Gees­te. Mana­ging Direc­tor Moritz Böcking brought her up to date with com­pa­ny deve­lo­p­ments in respect of peat har­ve­s­ting, gro­wing media and rene­wa­ble ener­gies. The mee­ting was also atten­ded by the Federal Repre­sen­ta­ti­ve of Lower Sax­o­ny, Sta­te Secreta­ry Micha­el Rüter, and the chair of the Ems­land District SPD asso­cia­ti­on Andrea Köt­ter. Moritz Böcking pre­sen­ted the visi­tors with his views on the need for alter­na­ti­ve con­cepts for land deve­lo­p­ment and Sta­te Secreta­ry Rüter offe­red to help by brin­ging this issue to the atten­ti­on of Hano­ver and Berlin.

Klasmann-Deil­man­n’s mana­ging direc­tor Moritz Böcking and Micha­el Rüter were in agree­ment that the dif­fe­rent views on peat har­ve­s­ting in Lower Sax­o­ny now had to be aired in a con­struc­ti­ve deba­te. Böcking poin­ted out in this con­nec­tion that the com­pa­ny has for many years been making suc­cess­ful efforts to use both peat and alter­na­ti­ve mate­ri­als in its gro­wing media products.

The dis­cus­sion has been given a new impe­tus”, con­clu­ded Böcking. “We are now fin­ding that we have some­thing in com­mon even with the envi­ron­men­tal groups and other NGOs as soon as we point out that more than 40% of our pro­ducts flow into the food eco­no­my.” In this respect Danie­la De Rid­der refer­red to the poten­ti­al for set­ting up joint pro­jects on deve­lo­p­ment aid. “The­re is now a gre­at deal of talk about figh­t­ing the root cau­ses of migra­ti­on at source”, she said. “Mea­su­res that pro­mo­te self-suf­fi­ci­en­cy in food could the­re­fo­re repre­sent a small but extre­me­ly use­ful step forward.”

Böcking: a para­digm shift is needed

In view of the very limi­ted oppor­tu­nities for land deve­lo­p­ment in Ger­ma­ny Böcking cal­led for a para­digm chan­ge in this area. “The estab­lish­ment of short-rota­ti­on plan­ta­ti­ons desi­gned to pro­du­ce sus­tainab­le fuels and the manage­ment of land for peat moss cul­ti­va­ti­on could deli­ver real pro­gress in Lower Sax­o­ny when it comes to cli­ma­te pro­tec­tion and the exten­si­fi­ca­ti­on of land use”, he exp­lai­ned befo­re adding:

To this end, howe­ver, we need to re-think tho­se regu­la­ti­ons that have in some ways beco­me out­da­ted or have deve­lo­ped in the wrong direc­tion. Our indus­try is in any case reli­ant on sup­port and fun­ding for initia­ti­ves of this kind, espe­cial­ly whe­re the pro­vi­si­on of peat alter­na­ti­ves are concerned.”

In order to pro­vi­de more infor­ma­ti­on on this sub­ject Micha­el Rüter pro­po­sed hol­ding a round table “Gar­den and Soil 4.0”. “This will give all sta­ke­hol­ders a chan­ce to have their say, exchan­ge argu­ments, over­co­me any reti­cence and pre­con­cep­ti­ons and enga­ge in a direct deba­te of the real issu­es. New initia­ti­ves are always wel­co­me, espe­cial­ly from the SME sec­tor”, says Rüter. “An open deba­te needs to be held as soon as pos­si­ble – one that also inclu­des the peat indus­try – if the oppor­tu­nities avail­ab­le to us are not to be thrown away.”

On con­clu­si­on of the talks with the Klasmann-Deilmann Group in Gees­te Sta­te Secreta­ry Rüter went on to visit the Ems­land Peat Muse­um. He was accom­pa­nied by Bun­des­tag mem­ber Danie­la De Rid­der and the chair of the Ems­land District SPD Asso­cia­ti­on Andrea Kötter.


Dis­cus­sing the opti­ons for sus­tainab­le land use (from left): Peter Kra­mer, chair­man of the Gees­te branch of the SPD, Geerd Smidt, sus­taina­bi­li­ty mana­ger (Klasmann-Deilmann), Bun­des­tag mem­ber Danie­la De Rid­der (SPD), Sta­te Secreta­ry Micha­el Rüter, Mana­ging Direc­tor Moritz Böcking (Klasmann-Deilmann), Andrea Köt­ter, chair of the SPD District Asso­cia­ti­on, and Cars­ten Prim­ke, head of the SPD’s Mep­pen office.