Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Applications open for 2017 Nitrates Derogation

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced that 2017 Nitrates Derogation applications can now be submitted online.

Farmers are advised to contact their agricultural advisor to determine if they should avail of this facility.

The Nitrates Derogation provides farmers an opportunity to farm at higher stocking rates, subject to certain conditions designed to protect the environment and meet the requirements of the Nitrates Directive.

The derogation is an important facility for more intensive farmers. Almost 7,000 intensively stocked farmers availed of the derogation in 2016.

The online system is aimed at simplifying the application process and assisting farmers to avoid penalties.

Farmers can also remain compliant with the Regulations by managing their livestock numbers, exporting enough slurry/farmyard manure or renting additional land.

The closing date for applications is March 31, 2017

End of year Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements (N&P statements) for 2016 are available on the Department’s online system

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Farmers who exceeded the limits in 2016 based on their cattle numbers will be advised in writing of this shortly but these figures will not have taken into consideration any documentation submitted to the Department by December 31, 2016.

Text messages issued to those farmers who were approaching the limits in 2016 and receipt of such a text should act as a reminder to those farmers to consider applying for a Nitrates Derogation this year.

‘I would encourage more intensively stocked farmers to engage early with this application process and discuss the need for a derogation with their agricultural advisor’, the Minister added.

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