Farm lead­ers con­cerned by ni­trates plan

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

“The pro­posal to re­strict live­stock ac­cess to wa­ters, and re­quire wa­ter-flow man­age­ment on farm road­ways will add fur­ther costs for farm­ers which will di­rectly im­pact on the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the sec­tor,” he main­tained.

While Mr Cooney wel­comed the in­creased phos­pho­rous al­lowances for soils with P in­dices 1 and 2, he ex­pressed con­cern re­gard­ing the obli­ga­tions which linked ad­dress­ing soil fer­til­ity to the Knowl­edge Trans­fer pro­gramme.

“The Knowl­edge Trans­fer (KT) pro­gramme has sim­ply be­come too com­plex. There­fore, the rec­om­men­da­tions of the ex­pert group to link ad­dress­ing the soil fer­til­ity is­sue with KT will add fur­ther com­plex­ity and may lead to the mea­sure not be­ing taken up,” he said.

ICMSA’s Pat Ro­han said that farm­ers would have very se­ri­ous reser­va­tions about the thrust and the specifics of the re­port.

“We’ ll be look­ing at this in ad­vance of a sched­uled meet­ing with the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, but it’s al­ready ob­vi­ous that is­sues around road­ways, ac­cess to wa­ter cour­ses, changes to soil test­ing and the in­ter­ac­tion with the Knowl­edge Trans­fer schemes will all re­quire se­ri­ous amend­ment if the plan is to move for­ward with any sup­port,” Mr Ro­han said.

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