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Minister Smith announces extension to period for spreading of Chemical Fertilisers

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, today announced the extension of the period for the spreading of chemical fertilisers until Monday 28th September 2009 and acknowledged the agreement of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD, to this short extension which he said should "provide some much needed breathing space to hard pressed farm families."

Minister Smith said "I am acutely conscious of the recent serious disruption to normal farming activity due to very poor weather conditions and I believe that this situation can be relieved by allowing the spread of fertilisers to continue for a further short period to boost grass growth and address a potentially very difficult fodder shortage later in the year."

The Minister acknowledged that "this extension in the period for the spreading of fertilisers will facilitate the late application of fertiliser that had been planned in recent weeks but was held up due to the unsuitable weather.  This will provide farmers with the option of spreading fertiliser to boost grass growth, thereby extending the grazing season and reducing the amount of silage required over the winter."

Date Released: 16 September 2009