Extension to the closed period for spreading of fertilisers is good news for hard pressed Carlow farmers

13th August, 2018

The extension to the closed period for spreading of chemical and organic fertilisers is good news for hard pressed farmers in Carlow, local Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has said.
Deputy Deering said: “I was delighted to see that following consultation with his Fine Gael colleague, Minister Eoghan Murphy, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has announced an extension for fertiliser and slurry spreading.
“This is a very positive step for hard pressed farmers, who are really struggling following the series of extreme weather events experienced this year.
“The deadline has been extended for chemical fertiliser from the middle of September until the end of September, and the deadline for the application of organic manures from the middle of October to the end of October.
“This will help Carlow farmers produce as much fodder as possible on their own land. It is important that farmers focus on maximising fodder production while they can in the current growing season,” the Fine Gael TD said.
Minister Michael Creed said: “I and my Department have been engaged in a series of initiatives and I believe that these measures taken together and targeted at producing as much fodder as possible from our own land provide the most effective response to a fodder shortfall.
“Imports of fodder will have a role to play in the range of options available. My Department will assist in this regard and further details will be announced in due course.
“However, the immediate priority is to maximise fodder production at home and I believe the Fodder Production Incentive Measure for Tillage Farmers and GLAS flexibilities will contribute positively in this regard.
“I will continue to closely monitor the effectiveness of these measures in the coming weeks in closing the fodder gap”.