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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Extension for slurry spreading welcomed

THE CHAIRMAN of the ICMSA's Farm Services and Environment Committee, Patrick Rohan, has warmly welcomed measures put in place by Ministers Hogan and Coveney to assist farmers in areas where unprecedented wet weather conditions during the summer and autumn of this year has prevented the spreading of slurry.

Mr. Rohan stated that this is a practical approach to a very real problem being experienced by farmers on the ground.

He said it will alleviate the pressure on farmers in the worst hit areas and allow them to take a more managed approach to spreading slurry. There has been considerable concern among farmers in recent weeks because animals have been housed on more or less a continuous basis since June and tanks have been filling rapidly.

Mr. Rohan concluded by urging Minister Hogan to consider changing the restrictions in Zone C to allow them to commence slurry spreading on 1 January 2013, subject to spreading conditions being suitable.

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