Killeen Issues Nitrates Derogation Deadline Reminder To Clare Farmers
Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. Tony Killeen, T.D., has reminded Clare farmers that the deadline for applying for a Nitrates Derogation is just over three weeks away.
[ClickPress, Tue Mar 10 2009] The Clare T.D. and IFA member pointed out that farmers who think that they are likely to go over the limit of 170 kg of nitrogen per hectare this year have until Friday 3 April to submit a derogation application for 2009 to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Minister Killeen continued, “The Department has simplified the process this year by introducing a separate application form. Farmers should remember that, unlike last year, they will not be able to apply for a derogation on their Single Payment forms.”
Commenting on the background to the Nitrates Derogation scheme, Minister Killeen said, “Intensive grassland farmers are allowed to exceed the general 170 kg limit for nitrogen from livestock manure on their farm, up to a limit of 250 kg, provided that they have a derogation in place. These farmers have already received a copy of their 2008 Nitrogen and Phosphorus Statements, which will have assisted them in deciding whether they need a derogation in 2009.”
The newly introduced separate application form and full details of the system are available on the Department’s website, www.agriculture.gov.ie.
Forms and copies of 2008 Nitrogen & Phosphorus Statements may be obtained from local District Veterinary Offices or from the Nitrates Section, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford (telephone 053–9163444).
Dunphy Public Relations