Farmers who want to be considered for derogation this year must submit their applications to DAERA online. The system is now open for 2019 applications and for the submission of 2018 records.
The Nitrates Derogation is vital to some Northern Ireland cattle farms with higher stocking rates. Subject to meeting certain nutrient management and environmental criteria, it enables farmers to better utilise the nutrients within grazing livestock manures and operate more efficiently at a higher stocking rate.
Operating under a derogation allows farmers to operate up to a manure Nitrogen Loading limit of 250 kg N/ha/year, compared to the general limit of 170 kg N/ha/year in the Nitrates Action Programme. This means they can maximise the use of manure nutrients on their farm without the need to export slurry and minimise their use of additional chemical fertilisers.
What you need to do
The online system is now open for 2019 applications and submission of 2018 records.
The submission deadline date is 23:59 on the 31 March 2019, for all Fertilisation accounts from 2018 and applications for 2019.
Please note that Fertilisation plans for 2019 should be prepared by the 1 March and be available on farm from this date.
The online system makes it easier and quicker for farmers, or their agents, to submit records while at the same time reducing the risk of errors and hence potential penalties being applied to the Basic Payment. Failure to submit the records could result in a penalty being applied.
So we encourage you to submit them on time, online and avoid a fine.
Farmers considering the Nitrates Derogation should, if necessary, seek further advice from their adviser, farming organisation or agricultural consultant to help determine whether they are eligible to apply for a derogation.
Farmers should also note that renewal of the Northern Ireland derogation for the period 2019-22 is being progressed with the European Commission and a new Nitrates Action Programme for 2019-22 is currently under development.
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