This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Applications open today for farmers of grazing livestock in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones wishing to apply for a derogation to spread up to 250kg of livestock nitrogen manure per hectare in 2011. This is an increase on the limit of 170kg set by the EU Nitrates Directive.
Around 60 per cent of nitrate pollution in water is caused by agriculture, and the Government has regulations in place to protect England’s rivers and groundwater from agriculture, keeping rivers in healthy condition and protecting drinking water.
Farmers wishing to take advantage of the derogation must apply by 31 December 2010 using the Whole Farm Approach website or direct to the Environment Agency.