Murphy welcomes decision to extend lime spreading deadline

Senator Eugene Murphy has welcomed a decision by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to extend the period for spreading lime until March 31st 2024.

Senator Murphy, who had made representations to the minister, said: “I had spoken to a number of farmers who indicated to me that they could not spread lime because of exceptionally poor ground condition.

“When I initially approached the Minister of Agriculture, he was not very hopeful of extending the period” Senator Murphy said, before adding that the minister subsequently contacted him with “the good news”.

Senator Murphy added: “The lime must be bought and paid for before October 31st 2023 but the spreading deadline has been pushed back to March 2024. This now means that farmers do not have to worry about meeting the spread deadline of October 31st 2023.

“The lime subsidy will be granted fully under the new guidelines. This means that many farmers in Roscommon, Galway, and many adjoining counties in the region will avail of the scheme”, he concluded.

Senator Murphy praised the minister this week for his practical approach to the issue.