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Donegal councillor calls on Minister to increase slurry spreading deadline after moist summer time

Sonegal County Councillor Donal ‘Mandy’ Kelly is asking on the Minister for Agriculture to increase this yr’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 stated that the transfer would scale back strain on farmers at a time when they’re dealing with fertilizer price hikes.

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

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

“If the deadline just isn’t put again, they may don’t have any selection however to place it out and that would result in air pollution of rivers and streams. We don’t wish to see that,” Cllr Kelly stated.

Cllr Kelly added; “Slurry has develop into a fair increasingly useful natural fertilizer to farmers, particularly because the large hikes in the price of chemical fertilisers. 

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

Cllr Kelly stated 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 think about bringing subsequent yr’s slurry spreading dates ahead,” Cllr Kelly stated.

“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 begin from sixteenth of January onwards.”


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