Farmers must not be penalised on slurry spreading – Hanley

“Treat farmers fairly this winter” – that’s the message from Roscommon IFA Chairman, John Hanley to the Department of Agriculture.

  The IFA chairman has called on the Department to ensure that no farmer endures a basic payment penalty if they need to take necessary manure management steps this winter.

  Hanley repeated this during a recent meeting with Minister Michael Creed and called for maximum slurry spreading flexibility in order to recognise the difficult conditions farmers currently face.

  He added: “Minister Creed’s understanding of the situation faced by so many farmers is welcomed, however action is now required to ensure farmers are not penalised.”