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Minister Smith confirms that Department of Agriculture Inspectors will undertake Nitrates' Regulations Inspections

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, has confirmed that arrangements are being finalised to ensure that the cross-compliance inspections undertaken by his Department will meet the requirements of the Department of the Environment under the new Nitrates Regulations, recently published by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD.

Minister Smith said that "it is essential that the duplication of on-farm inspections is avoided, both from a common sense point of view and having regard to the minimisation of costs.  This is a sensible outcome given that my Department's inspectors currently undertake on-farm cross-compliance inspections and have an expertise that it makes sense to use in relation to the requirements of the Nitrates Regulations."

Minister Smith said that he hoped that he and Minister Gormley, and their respective officials, will very shortly be in a position to finalise the necessary arrangements in relation to the inspections.

Date Released: 24 April 2009