National Fertiliser Database Stakeholder Consultative Committee
Bill Callanan (Chair)
This committee consists of representatives from the fertiliser industry, fertiliser retailers, agricultural contractors, farm organisations, Teagasc and the Agricultural Consultants Association.
Objectives for the National Fertiliser Database:
- To facilitate ease of checks and timely farmer payments under the proposed Eco-Scheme actions relating to fertiliser nitrogen/lime use.
- To meet Ireland’s commitments to the European Commission arising from the recent review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme and the extension of the Nitrates Derogation
- To provide reliable data that can be used by voluntary industry sustainability/quality assurance initiatives to reward farmer actions
Bill Callanan (Chair), Sheila Nolan, Finbarr O’Regan, Paul Vickers, Ted Massey, Leanne Roche, Mary Cleary, Brian O’Shaughnessy and Mary Canty.
List of non-DAFM organisations and names of their representatives
Galavan, Eamonn, Nitrofert
Bergin, Eamon, Centenary Thurles Co-op
Crowe, Martin, Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA)
Drennan, Denis, Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA)
Dunphy, Liam, Gouldings
Fitzgerald, Shane, Macra na Feirme
Flanagan, TJ, Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society (ICOS)
Furlong, Walter, Target Fertilisers
Jensma, Jan, Yara Ireland
Lavelle, Liam, Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA)
Larkin, Barry, ACORN Group
McDonald, Enda, Grassland Agro
Miller, Bobby, Irish Grain Growers Association
Moroney, Michael, Farm Contractors of Ireland
O Mahony, Seamus, Dairygold Co-op
Phelan, Brendan, Grassland Kilkenny
Punch, Eddie, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA)
Rushe, Brian, Irish Farmers Association (IFA)
Wall, David, Teagasc
ICOS highlighted the issue of unregulated entities or product entering the State. This is very significant, as product from Northern Ireland won’t be tracked.
Q: will records collected of farmers’ fertiliser purchases be shared with agencies tasked with environmental roles ? eg EPA, NPWS, LAWPRO, ASSAP, Local Authorities etc