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A Kerry TD is calling for more flexibility for slurry spreading.

John Brassil from Fianna Fáil

The deadline for spreading slurry on land is October 15th after which time it is prohibited to do so.

Fianna Fail’s John Brassil says farmland across the country has had little time to recover from severe downpours this summer with some farms waterlogged.

The TD said he has been contacted by concerned farmers across Kerry about the issue.

He called for the slurry spreading timeframe to be extended by 30 days.

But Environment Minister Simon Coveney says he has no plans to lengthen the season as it is a key aspect of the Nitrates Regulations, which are mandatory in all EU states.

Good agricultural practice, the Minister said, involves the spreading of organic fertilisers as early as practicable in the growing season to maximise the uptake of nutrients by crops and to minimise water pollution risks.

He said the programme will be reviewed again in 2017.

Deputy John Brassil said he will now call on Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to discuss the matter with his European counterparts