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The Nitrates Action Programme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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Measures governing the limits on land application of nitrogen fertiliser to land other than grassland

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9.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), in relation to a holding the quantity of nitrogen fertiliser added to land other than grassland both by land application and by the animals themselves each year shall not exceed the crop requirements for nitrogen calculated in accordance with paragraphs (4) to (8).

(2) The amount of nitrogen fertiliser applied to land other than grassland both by land application and by the animals themselves shall not exceed the recommendations contained in the fertiliser technical standards.

(3) Save where regulation 10 applies, the amount of total nitrogen in livestock manure applied to the agricultural area of a holding, both by land application and by the animals themselves, shall not exceed 170kg of nitrogen per hectare per year when calculated in accordance with paragraphs (4) and (5).

(4) The total nitrogen from livestock manure from animals kept on the holding is calculated in accordance with Table 1 of Part 1 of the Schedule.

(5) The total nitrogen from imported livestock manure is calculated in accordance with Table 2 of Part 1 of the Schedule for slurry and Table 3 of Part 1 of the Schedule for solid livestock manure.

(6) The total nitrogen content per tonne of other organic manure, excluding livestock manure, shall be as declared in accordance with the Waste Regulations.

(7) The amount of nitrogen available to a crop from livestock manure or chemical fertiliser, in the year of application of that fertiliser, is the percentage specified in Table 6 of Part 1 of the Schedule.

(8) Except in the case of livestock manure, the amount of nitrogen available to a crop from organic manure in the year of application of that fertiliser is the percentage specified in Table 6 of Part 1 of the Schedule, in relation to cattle and other livestock manure.

(9) Any controller wishing to deviate from the values set out in Tables 1, 2 or 3 of Part 1 of the Schedule must present a scientific case in order to obtain prior approval from the Department, and the Department shall only grant such approval where it is satisfied that a scientific case has been established.

(10) A controller may appeal the decision by the Department in paragraph (9) in accordance with the procedure set out in regulation 24.

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