The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) will hold two online training sessions to inform agricultural contractors of NAP changes.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has made “several” changes to the Nutrients Action Programme.
The course, which CAFRE will deliver virtually, follows the UFU’s initial meeting with contractors about changes in January 2020.
UFU president Victor Chestnutt said:
“We are delivering the online training events on Zoom with the help of CAFRE, to provide information to contractors on the regulations on spreading slurry, fertiliser and manures within the NAP.”
“We understand that the present time is a very busy period in the farming calendar with fieldwork.”
“Whilst the training is voluntary, it is extremely important that contractors do their best to attend one of the meetings to ensure that they are fully complying, particularly in the run-up to the closed period.”
He said the agriculture industry, including contractors, is coming under pressure to show that it is working towards improving water quality and compliance with these regulations to avoid further restrictions.
“There have been indications that if spreading compliance and water quality does not improve in Northern Ireland, the licensing of slurry contractors may have to be considered.”
He believes awareness of changes and knowing what is expected of contractors, is “critical” to prevent this.
Training dates and how to sign up
Training will take place at 8 pm on Zoom on Tuesday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 28th.
Please register your attendance by calling 028 90370222.
Depending on expected numbers and availability, the UFU may arrange another training night.
Following these online training events, the UFU proposes to host a practical, on-farm in-person session during the closed period.
Also, it plans to hold some additional meetings for contractors on other issues, such as farm vehicles on the road.
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