Breen welcomes Environment Minister’s measures to assist Farmers.

September 12th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has today (Wednesday) welcomed the decision by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan T.D. to extend the period allowed for spreading of fertiliser and slurry in order to assist farmers to recover from one of the worst years for agriculture in recent years.

“The bad weather this year has wreaked havoc with farming activity. Silage and Hay making were made very difficult and the knock on affect is that grass growth is behind schedule. There were times this summer when farmers could not even travel their land so these extensions are important in ensuring that they have access to high quality after grass.”

“Under the Nitrates Directive, it is prohibited to spread fertiliser after the 15th September. Minister Hogan has now extended the period for application to the 30th September 2012.”

“In addition, Minister Hogan has also granted an extension to the period for spreading organic manures produced on farms to the 31st October 2012. Farmers could not spread manure during the heavy rain and this flexibility will allow them to take advantage of the improved weather conditions. Of course, all land spreading activity is carried out according to the Nitrates regulations.”

“Farming is a very volatile industry and the weather conditions have a huge impact in terms of production, grass growth with knock affects for farm incomes. I welcome the Minister’s acknowledgement of these problems, extending the periods for the application of certain fertilisers will give farmers a chance to recover from one of the wettest summers in years.”