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Concern at bad weather impact on slurry deadlines

22 September, 2008


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has voiced concern about farmers being unable to meet the October 15th deadline for the spreading of slurry on their fields because of the impact the bad weather this summer.

Ms de Brún said:

"The bad weather this summer has created a number of difficulties for farmers and many will struggle to meet the October 15th deadline for the spreading of slurry on their fields.

"No one disputes the need to meet the Nitrates Directive and to protect groundwater and farmers have made genuine efforts to get slurry spread on time. However, this has been one of the worst summers on record and as a result many farmers are behind schedule.

"While the EU deadlines for slurry spreading are based on the calendar the fact is that the weather patterns in Ireland, particularly this summer have meant that we are as likely to get heavy rainfall in July as in October.

"I believe that a certain amount of flexibility should be shown on this occasion in response to the exceptionally bad weather we have had this summer if the weather permits spreading later in October without damaging groundwater." ENDS

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