Northern Ireland flexes slurry spreading rules

Farmers in Northern Ireland may be allowed to spread slurry on their land during the closed period if they can prove there are exceptional circumstances

The whole of Northern Ireland was designated as a nitrate vulnerable zone under the directive in 2011. Photograph: Leonid Andronov/123RFNorthern Ireland may waive nitrates rules on agricultural land in some cases.

On 3 October, environment and agriculture minister Michelle McIlveen confirmed that farmers may be allowed to spread during the closed period in “exceptional circumstances”.

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