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Minister Coveney Welcomes Extension to Period for Spreading of Slurry

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine welcomes the announcement today by his colleague Mr. Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on granting an extension for the spreading of slurry to the 31 October.

Minister Coveney said that "the weather conditions in September, with very high rainfall, made conditions for farming particularly difficult. The granting of the extension will alleviate the pressures on farmers".

Minister Coveney said he had worked closely with Minister Hogan on this issue and was very pleased that the extension now granted would be of benefit to farmers heading into the Autumn and Winter seasons.  He said the efficient use of organic fertiliser was a hugely important and cost effective input in modern farming, the use of which had to be carefully handled and balanced with environmental demands.

Date Released: 12 October 2011