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The Department of Agriculture and Department of Housing have announced a one-month extension to the deadline by which derogation farmers must have 50% of the their slurry spread.

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Applications for a 2018 Nitrates Derogation can be submitted online and must be in by April 20th 2018. 

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It has been confirmed today that Ireland has been formally granted a ‘derogation’ under the Nitrates Directive from the EU Commission.

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IFA President Joe Healy has said that the EU Commission decision today to renew Ireland’s Nitrates Derogation will underpin the sustainable delivery of growth objectives in the Food Wise 2025 Strategy.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has said that over the next couple of weeks intense discussions will continue with EU and Government officials to ensure Ireland’s nitrates derogation remains in place and that there is a greater focus on working with farmers to comply with the requirements of the regulations.

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