Lime spreading window will not be extended – Naughten

The Minister for Agriculture has informed Deputy Denis Naughten that he will not be extending the window for spreading lime under the National Liming Programme.

Deputy Naughten, who raised the issue with the minister in the Dáil, was told that the current date of  June 28th will remain in place, despite the challenges facing many farmers, specifically as a result of poor soil conditions due to continuous rainfall this year.

“The minister acknowledges the challenging weather conditions and the difficulties faced by farmers in spreading lime. Yet he fails to recognise that the extension until June 28th 2024 is insufficient, given the severity of the situation. The incessant rainfall has not only made lime spreading nearly impossible but also necessitated the imminent closure of lands for winter fodder.

“I urge the minister to reconsider his stance on the lime spreading window, ensuring that our farmers are not unduly penalised for circumstances beyond their control,” concluded Denis Naughten.