IFA calls for extension to Liming Programme deadline

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IFA Rural Development Chair John Curran has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to further extend the deadline for the National Liming Programme until the end of December.  

The deadline for the programme had previously been extended and will now close on June 28th, however according to Mr. Curran this is not nearly long enough. Taking note of the previous extension he stated: “While extensions earlier this year helped, the persistent wet weather for much of the period since, coupled with heavy grass covers, has significantly diminished opportunities to spread lime,”. We are getting reports from suppliers, particularly those in the West, that only 20-30% of prepaid lime has been delivered and spread to date. This is concerning,” he said. 

“Many farmers, particularly those with red clover swards, will be looking to get multiple silage crops this year to rebuild fodder reserves given the long and extended housing period last year. There is a danger that some may apply lime onto silage ground between harvests to comply. This would have significant consequences on silage quality and must be avoided.”  

“Ultimately, practicality and common sense should apply.  Farmers need additional time to make full use of the benefits of the scheme. This will allow them to better plan for the weeks and months ahead, particularly during this very busy time of year,”.  

The Rural Development Chair concluded his statement saying that: “The extension would also prove resource efficient from a Department perspective, saving having to claw back monies at a later date. We are engaging with the Department on the matter, and we will continue to press the Minister to come out sooner rather than later with a further extension,” 



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