McAleer seeks clarification on 'exceptional circumstances' for slurry spreading
Sinn Féin Argiculture spokesperson Declan McAleer has welcomed clarification from DAERA regarding the ‘exceptional circumstances’ under which farmers can spread slurry beyond the 15th October deadline.
The West Tyrone MLA said:
“I have been contacted by many farmers who are under severe pressure to get their slurry spread before the deadline of 15th October.
“This is due to exceptional rainfall during July and August which has also led to cattle being housed earlier than expected.
“On foot of this, I wrote to the DAERA Permanent Secretary for clarification on the ‘exceptional circumstances’ under which farmers may deviate from the Nitrates Action Programme (NAP) Regulations.
“The Permanent Secretary recognised that the wet weather has created difficult circumstances for farmers, particularly in the North and West.
“He stated that farmers must demonstrate that they had taken all reasonable steps to manage the situation and was left with no alternative as a result of the adverse weather conditions.
“I would encourage any farmers who are experiencing particular difficulties to speak to either their DAERA Advisor or local farming organisation.”