It has been confirmed today that Ireland has been formally granted a ‘derogation’ under the Nitrates Directive from the EU Commission.
Over 7,000 intensively stocked farmers availed of the derogation in 2017 with a similar number anticipated to avail of the facility in 2018.
The closing date for applications is 20th April 2018.
Farmers who applied for a derogation in 2017 must submit fertiliser accounts by 20th April 2018 also.
End of year Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements (N&P statements) for 2017 are available on the Department’s online system www.agfood.ie.
Farmers who exceeded the limits in 2017 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 31st December 2017.