Nutrient Action Programme Regulations 2019-2022

The Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC) aims to improve water quality by protecting water against pollution caused by nitrates from agriculture sources. In particular, it is about promoting better management of animal manures, chemical nitrogen fertilisers and other nitrogen-containing materials spread onto the land.

Nutrient Action Programme (NAP) 2019-2022

On 11 April 2019 the new  Nutrient Action Programme (NAP) were made for the period 2019-2022.  The new Regulations replace the NAP and Phosphorus Regulations 2015-2018.  The NAP Regulations apply to all agriculture land in Northern Ireland.

Compliance with the Nutrient Action Programme is one of the Cross Compliance Statutory Management Requirements.  Therefore, farmers claiming Basic Payment Scheme and other direct payments are required to comply with the NAP Regulations.  The measures relating to the Phosphorus Regulations are now included in the new NAP.  This means that the  Cross Compliance Verifiable Standards will now also apply to the land application of chemical phosphorus.

Summary Nutrient Action Programme 2019-2022 Regulations’ booklet

NI SR 2019 81 - Nutrient Action Programme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 Registered SR

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