West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Welcome for Slurry Extension

Published: 28 September, 2012

Sinn Fein West Tyrone Councillor Peter Kelly has welcomed the decision by the Environment Minister to extend the spreading of slurry beyond the 15th of October as a 'practical decision which will aid farmers to spread slurry before the onset of winter'.

In his announcement on Thursday the environment minister Alex Attwood said it was: "crucial to understand that this will only apply to farmers who have reasonable excuse to spread after 15 October given the condition of their lands".

Speaking after the announcement of the extension local councillor Peter Kelly said:

"I am glad that the Minister took a common sense approach to this issue. It is a practical decision which will aid many farmers affected adversely by the weather to spread slurry before the onset of winter. Due to the inclement weather conditions this year many farmers are under great pressure.
Councillor Kelly added:
"As was the case last year Farmers who are going to take advantage of the extension must document the reasons why they delayed slurry spreading beyond the 15 October deadline as this may be required later. Farmers must demonstrate the reasons why they were unable to spread the slurry before the 15th October.
"This extension will come as great news to the many Farmers in the local area affected by one of the wettest years on record."