ICMSA confident over splash plates


The ICMSA say they are confident the Department recognise the need to continue with splash plates.

ICMSA confident over splash plates

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The ICMSA say they are confident the Department recognise the need to continue with splash plates.

This was the thoughts of the ICMSA President, John Comer, following a meeting with senior officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

The meeting was focused on the rules of applying organic fertilisers to lands and the concerns surrounding the potential splash plate ban.

President Comer expressed confidence that there is no end date currently in site and says the continued use of said splash plates is accepted by officials.

Comer continued by saying the ban of using splash plates would create a huge problem for many small family farms, already struggling to cope. He says this would spell the end for such farms, which have been the backbone of rural economies for years.
Comer stated that is is fact that costs associated with sourcing alternative euipments are out of reach for most farmers, even with current levels of grant aid.

He also added that as Ireland and the production systems used by the majorities, eg bales of silage, makes the splash plate the only viable option. He also added that these alternative systems do not work in practical farm situations.Â

Comer said, “ICMSA believes that the current measures being adopted under GLAS and TAMS – with some further enhancements - and through information campaigns on the most appropriate time to spread organic fertiliser will enable Ireland to meet the EU targets set for us and we won’t need other measures. We particularly won’t need to consider obviously unworkable measures such as a future date for the banning of the splash plate”.

John Comer concluded by stating his confidence that the department understand the impracticalities of imposing other systems and that it would not be implemented, “I’m very confident that the Department officials understood the practical impossibility of a ban on the use of splash plates and ICMSA trusts that such a unrealistic and unworkable proposal will not be implemented by the Department”.

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