Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly has today welcomed the news from Minister’s Phil Hogan TD and Simon Coveney TD that they have put in place a number of measures to help famers deal with the difficult weather conditions this year.

‘The closed period for the application of slurry will end earlier in 2013 and farmers are permitted to spread manures, subject to certain conditions, up to 16 November 2012. Some of these conditions are; Storage tanks are at full capacity for the closed periods and pose a risk to animal welfare, famers can only spread the least amount required to give them adequate storage capacity for the remainder of the closed period. Famers must also notify the Department of Agriculture of their intention to spread slurry before the closed period. Relevant contact details will be available on the Departments website in the coming days’ explained the Deputy.

The closed period will end on 1 January 2013 in zones A and B and on 15 January 2013 in zone C. Cavan and Monaghan are in Zone C, therefore they will have until 15th of January, 2013 to spread slurry’ stated Deputy O’Reilly.

In addition, The Minister also announced an easing of the obligation to establish a ‘green cover’ for tillage farmers, in certain exceptional circumstances, commenting on this, Deputy O’Reilly said ‘The exemption will only apply where: land was prepared through ploughing or application of a total herbicide in advance of winter sowing; the land was ploughed or sprayed before the date of this announcement; the farmer declared winter crops on the 2012 Single Payment Scheme application and evidence is produced, if requested, of having secured/ordered seed with the intention of sowing a winter crop.’

‘This is very welcome news for all farmers throughout the Cavan and Monaghan region and will help to alleviate some of the pain and hardship felt during the bad Summer months’ concluded Deputy O’Reilly.


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