Seamus Troy, ICMSA
The Chairperson of Tipperary ICMSA, Seamus Troy, has called on all farmers who are farming in excess of 170kgs of N per hectare and who do not have a derogation to ensure they are aware of 31 December 2016 deadline for submission of relevant forms to the Nitrates Section of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Mr Troy stated that year after year farmers are incurring significant financial penalties due to exceeding 170kgs of N per hectare through not applying for a Derogation or exporting slurry or taking additional grazing.
“In 2015, in excess of 1,600 farmers incurred penalties totalling €1.8m for breaches of the 170Kg N/Ha limit. It’s hugely important to check that you are not exposed in relation to this matter.
Those farmers most likely to exceed the limit based on the Departmental data have received a text message outlining their stocking rate at the end of October. In addition, all farmers can view their N and P statements at www.agfood.ie and farmers not already registered can do so by logging onto www.agfood.ie.
Many farmers have added additional dairy cows and have become more exposed to this risk so it is important to check your own individual situation”, said the Thurles farmer.
Mr Troy also reminded farmers that if they have exported slurry in 2016 or took additional grazing in 2016 (that is not declared on his/her BPS application), it is essential they complete the movement of organic fertiliser (Record 3) or Proof of 2016 Rental/Grazing agreement (Record 5) form and return to the Nitrates Section, Johnstown Castle Estate on or before 31 December 2016.
The Tipp ICMSA Chairperson concluded by saying that failure to return these Records by 31 December 2016 will result in a penalty on your BPS/ Greening/ ANC and other payments for farmers who are over 170kgs of N per hectare and he confirmed that his organisation called on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to immediately send out a final text to farmers that are at risk of exceeding the limit.