April 21, 2024

Sonegal County Councillor Donal ‘Mandy’ Kelly is asking on the Minister for Agriculture to increase this 12 months’s slurry spreading deadline for farmers, notably these in Donegal.

Cllr Kelly has written to Minister Charlie McConalogue asking for the first October deadline to be prolonged by three or 4 weeks. Cllr Kelly mentioned that the transfer would scale back stress on farmers at a time when they’re going through fertilizer value hikes.

“I’ve been contacted by quite a few farmers, and I’m a farmer myself, and with the moist summer season, farmers are sitting with slurry tanks full. They don’t seem to be going to have it out earlier than the deadline,” Cllr Kelly instructed Donegal Day by day.

It’s beneficial that slurry shouldn’t be unfold 48 hours earlier than or after rainfall. The moist summer season has made this very troublesome for farmers.

“If the deadline shouldn’t be put again, they are going to don’t have any selection however to place it out and that might result in air pollution of rivers and streams. We don’t wish to see that,” Cllr Kelly mentioned.

Cllr Kelly added; “Slurry has grow to be a good increasingly more helpful natural fertilizer to farmers, particularly for the reason that huge hikes in the price of chemical fertilisers. 

“Contemplating the prices that farmers are enduring, even with fertiliser and feedstuff, it’s necessary that this added stress is put upon them.”

Cllr Kelly mentioned he’s hopeful that the Minister’s workplace will heed his name.

“I’ve put this level throughout very strongly for the farmers of Donegal and hopefully the Minister will take this on board. I’ve additionally requested that the Minister take into account bringing subsequent 12 months’s slurry spreading dates ahead,” Cllr Kelly mentioned.

“I’m asking that Counties in Zone C which may’t unfold slurry till the first of February onwards (Together with Donegal) be relooked at and be given the identical beginning dates because the Counties in Zone B the place spreading is allowed to start from sixteenth of January onwards.”

 

Donegal councillor calls on Minister to increase slurry spreading deadline after moist summer season was final modified: August twenty ninth, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin