Responsible Sourcing Manager
24 Aug 2017
How Tesco is helping farmers protect British waterways and soil.
Water and soil are our most precious resources for crops. Looking after both as much as possible is key to sustainable farming. Tesco are supporting potato growers as part of a project to farm more sustainably. The project is to help improve both the environment and farmers’ profitability.
For example we are funding a piece of kit called the ‘Wonder Wheel’. This can help make parts of the field, such as where the tractor drives, more water retentive. This means that less water, agro-chemicals and top-soil flow into nearby waterways when it rains or when crops are irrigated. Some of our growers have been trialling this machinery whilst planting potatoes this spring.
We’re running the current project in partnership with the Broads Authority and our suppliers. With additional support from the Rivers Trust, the NFU and the Environment Agency. Not only do we want to help make a positive impact, we want to explore different approaches and interventions that we could introduce to other sourcing locations.
Projects like this help us achieve our ambition of sourcing all our key agricultural Tesco products sustainably by 2020. To learn more about how Tesco is reducing its impact on the environment go to: www.tescoplc.com