Department pleads with dairy sector to improve water quality for sake of Nitrates Derogation extension

The current Nitrates Derogation allows farmers to exceed the limit of 170kg of livestock manure nitrogen per hectare set down in the Nitrates Regulations, up to a maximum of 250kg per hectare.

Niall Hurson

The Department of Agriculture has made a plea to the dairy sector to do everything it can in order to help secure an extension to the contentious nitrates derogation.