DEUPTY Michael Collins TD has called on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to extend the regulations in connection with the spreading of animal slurry.
The current regulations do not permit slurry spreading beyond October 15th, a date Deputy Collins feels is not appropriate.
‘The exceptional rainfall in recent weeks has caused flooding of farmlands in many areas or has left land waterlogged, liable to severe damage by machinery and of course, unsuitable for the land-spreading of livestock manures for long periods of time by the many farm contractors,’ Deputy Collins said.
‘Despite adopting best practice in machine operation and being mindful of the need to minimise field surface damage and run-off risks, many farm contractors now find it impossible to complete their normal land-spreading operations, before the start of the prohibited period on October 15th.’
In a letter to the Minister, Deputy Collins called for a special 16 day extension in order to help farmers complete the important spreading work before the winter months set in.
‘I am seeking that you put in place a temporary 16 day extension of the spreading dates, to give a new land-spreading closing date of October 31st, 2017,’ Deputy Collins said. This will provide the farming community with an opportunity, weather and ground conditions permitting, to complete land-spreading activities that for reasons outside of their control, have been curtailed during the last few months due to the exceptional weather condition.’