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Nitrates Derogation Applications 2018

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are reminding farmers that 2018 Nitrates Derogation applications can now be submitted on line. The closing date for applications is 20 April 2018.

Farmers are advised to contact their agricultural advisor to determine if they should avail of this facility.

Farmers who applied for a Derogation in 2017 are reminded that they must submit fertiliser accounts by 20 April 2018 also.

End of year Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements (N&P statements) for 2017 are available on the Department’s online system or by phoning 053-9163444.

Farmers not already registered for can do so by logging onto and clicking the 'Register' button. To register a mobile phone number for future SMS text alerts log on to to access the sign-on form, or alternatively contact the regional office.

Notes for Editors

Nitrates Derogation

The Nitrates Derogation allows farmers to exceed the limit of 170 kg of livestock manure nitrogen per hectare set down in the Nitrates Regulations, up to a maximum of 250 kg per hectare, subject to adherence to stricter rules. For a Nitrates Derogation application to be valid, all terms and conditions of the Derogation must be adhered to, including the following:

  • An annual application must be made online to the Department. No postal applications will be accepted.
  • Farming a holding that is at least 80% grass.  Have grazing livestock – a derogation is only available in respect of grazing livestock.
  • Have a Fertilisation Plan in place on the holding by 01 March. This plan should be submitted to the Department along with the application form unless the farmer has submitted a fertiliser plan to the Department in 2015, 2016 or 2017. Where a new or amended Fertiliser Plan is submitted in 2018, only a plan produced by the Teagasc Online Nutrient Management Plan programme (eNMP) is acceptable.
  • Fertiliser plans must be based on soil analysis results dated after 15 September 2014.
  • New applicants who do not have soil analysis results must assume Index 3 for 2018 but soil sample analysis, in respect of crop year 2019, must be available and the fertiliser plan amended accordingly and submitted online to the Department before 31 March 2019.
  • Fertiliser accounts must be submitted to the Department no later than 31 March of the following year.
  • Farmers in derogation cannot import livestock manure
  • Derogation farmers must have sufficient storage for all livestock manure and soiled water produced on their holding.
  • 50% of livestock manure produced on the holding must be applied by June 15. Slurry applied after that date can only be applied using low emission equipment.
  • Derogation documentation is available on the Department’s website here.


Date Released: 21 March 2018