Teagasc rejects Nitrates blast from pig sector
Teagasc has rejected criticism from the pig sector that its Nitrate Action Plan recommendations did not do enough for pig farmers.
IFA pig and pigmeat chairman Tim Cullinan accused Teagasc of not realising the effect phosphorous limitations would have on the pig industry.
"Securing a continuation of the transitional arrangements on phosphorus is absolutely paramount," insisted Mr Cullinan.
The IFA man said the State body had paid little attention to the impact of the Nitrates Directive on the pig sector in their recent analysis of the regulation.
"We are extremely disappointed that in a 90-page document, Teagasc took only three pages to deal with pigs," he said.
The IFA pigs chairman said every extra kilometre pig farmers were forced to export slurry would cost the industry €1m.
The total cost over four years is estimated at €80m.
"In a week when the minister announced plans for a 50pc increase in pig production, it is crazy to restrict slurry use," Mr Cullinan added