Nitrate Regulations

We provide professional advice and assist in keeping farmers within the regulations

We provide professional advice on Nitrate Regulations and assist in keeping farmers within the regulations that are required to comply with laws of the EU.

Farmers should be planning now to make sure that they are complying with the Nitrates Regulations (the European Communities (Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2006). The Explanatory Handbook for Good Agricultural Practice Regulations was sent to farmers in 2006. It contains helpsheets to assist farmers in calculating nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) production on their holdings and working out their fertiliser requirements for the year. Farmers should plan their fertiliser use for 2008 as early in the year as possible to be sure of complying with the Regulations.

The Handbook, helpsheets and the Regulations themselves are also available on the Department’s website at, via the link Nitrates Information. They can also be obtained from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Environment Section, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co Wexford (phone 053–9163400)

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Nitrate Regulations