Deadline looming for farmers with no Nitrates derogation
December 31 is the deadline - farmers reminded to return forms to Department
The Chairperson of the ICMSA’s Farm and Rural Affairs Committee, Patrick Rohan, has called on all farmers who are farming in excess of 170kg of N per hectare and who do not have a derogation to ensure they are aware of December 31 deadline for submission of relevant forms to the Nitrates Section of the Department of Agriculture.
Patrick said that year after year farmers are incurring significant financial penalties due to exceeding 170kg of N per hectare through not applying for a Derogation or exporting slurry or taking additional grazing.
“In 2015, in excess of 1,600 farmers incurred penalties totalling €1.8m for breaches of the 170Kg N/Ha limit. It’s hugely important to check that you are not exposed in relation to this matter.
"Those farmers most likely to exceed the limit based on the Departmental data have received a text message outlining their stocking rate at the end of October. In addition, all farmers can view their N and P statements at www.agfood.ie and farmers not already registered can do so by logging onto www.agfood.ie.
"Many farmers have added additional dairy cows and have become more exposed to this risk so it is important to check your own individual situation”, said the Farm & Rural Affairs Chairperson.
He also reminded farmers that if they have exported slurry in 2016 or took additional grazing in 2016 (that is not declared on his/her BPS application), it is essential they complete the movement of organic fertiliser (Record 3) or Proof of 2016 Rental/Grazing agreement (Record 5) form and return to the Nitrates Section, Johnstown Castle Estate on or before December 31, 2016.
The Farm and Rural Affairs Chairperson also said that failure to return these Records by December 31, 2016 will result in a penalty on your BPS/Greening/ANC and other payments for farmers who are over 170kg of N per hectare.