ICMSA has issued a reminder to farmers to take measures that might avoid Cross-Compliance fines relating to exceeding their nitrates limits. Denis Drennan, Chairperson of their Farm & Rural Affairs Committee, said that fines for breaching the limits had become quite frequent and he urged farmers who had breached the limits to inform the Department by tomorrow,31 December ,of the measures taken by them to bring their farms back under their limits.
Mr Drennan said that ICMSA believes that the current penalty regime is cumbersome, unfair on farmers and should have been reformed as part of the Nitrates Review. But this had not happened and it is in farmers’ own interests to now check their Nitrate status and make sure that they are meeting the regulations and avoid a financial penalty.
If farmers have breached these limits, they must now inform the Department before the December 31 on the measures they took during the year to bring them under the limit. Affected farmers need to complete the relevant paperwork and the forms are available on Department website - and send it to the Nitrates Department, Johnstown Castle, Wexford by tomorrow’s deadline to avoid penalties.