Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Nitrates Derogation and Nitrates Action Programme: Discussion
Mr. Denis Drennan:
There are two different things happening here. In the year from 1 January 2023 the banding will come in. Forget about the derogation. Many farmers who use less than the 170 will be driven above the 170 figure and into derogation if they have high production cows. That is going to be a huge issue. It is a massive problem. Looking then at what is coming down the line next year, if we go from 250 kg to 220 kg of nitrates per hectare, using the numbers the Deputy mentioned, the position would be catastrophic were the derogation to go.