The Nitrates Action Programme (NAP) aims to protect water quality by protecting our rivers, lakes and groundwater from nutrient pollution coming from agricultural sources. The key measures within NAP encourage best farming practice in managing manures and chemical fertiliser. The following calendar summarises the activity and date your need to take action by to ensure compliance with NAP.
Dates to comply with and take action by!
|Take action by||Non-derogated farms: submit records of any exported organic manures for the previous calendar year using the online system at www2.dardni.gov.uk/exportmanurecalculator/default.aspx|
Midnight 31 January
(if ground & weather conditions permit)
|End of closed period for spreading all fertiliser and manure|
|1 March||Take action by||
Deadline for derogated farmers
|30 June||Take action by||Complete records for the period 1 January to 31 December the previous year.|
After harvesting any crops until 15 January the following year:-
|Midnight 15 September||Stop||
Start of closed period for spreading :-
|Midnight 15 October||Stop||
Start of closed period for spreading:-
|Midnight 31 October||Stop||Start of closed period for spreading farmyard manure to any land.|
|The following only applies to field storage of poultry litter|
|At any time||Contact NIEA||Before field storage of poultry litter, obtain prior authorisation from NIEA 028 9262 3280|
For further information, visit the DAERA website, search under Nitrates to review the Nitrates Action Programme and Nitrates Derogation Guidance.
Notes to editors:
- Inter Ministerial Group for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (IMG EFRA) 24 January 2020
- Northern Ireland Greenhouse Gas Projection Statistics Released 23 January 2020
- A timely reminder of changes to record keeping for High Phosphorous poultry manure 23 January 2020
- Minister Poots extends closing date to Business Development Groups Scheme 22 January 2020