Beat Depart­ment dead­line to avoid ni­trates breach fine

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

FARM­ERS who have breached ni­trate lim­its should in­form the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture of the mea­sures they took dur­ing the year to bring down their limit be­fore De­cem­ber 31 in or­der to avoid fines, the ICMSA has said.

ICMSA’s Pa­trick Ro­han said that while the cur­rent penalty scheme is un­fair and should have been re­formed as part of the Ni­trates Review, farm­ers should check their N sta­tus to avoid penal­ties.

“If farm­ers have breached th­ese lim­its, they must now in­form the Depart­ment be­fore De­cem­ber 31 on the mea­sures they took dur­ing the year to bring them un­der the limit,” said Mr Ro­han.

“Af­fected farm­ers need to com­plete the rel­e­vant pa­per­work and then send it to the Ni­trates Depart­ment, John­stown Cas­tle, Wex­ford.”

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