Second consultation on nitrate leaching curbs

Proposals for a programme to reduce nitrate leaching from farms within nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs) have been issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).1 Clearance will be needed from the European Commission for a proposal to allow farmers to apply elevated levels of nitrogen in organic manures, and the compliance with EC rules of MAFF's plans for limiting chemical fertiliser use is also open to question.

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