Practical NVZ compliance advice online

Practical NVZ compliance advice online

Friday, October 29, 2010

Information on Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations that come into force across large areas of England and parts of north Wales and eastern Scotland on 1 January 2012 has been made available by the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) on its website www.amconline.co.uk

The web pages offer some practical solutions and useful planning tools for farmers considering ways to ensure their farm is fully compliant - especially with slurry storage and management systems.

"Implementation of the new NVZ regulations is less than 450 days away and the reality is that a large number of farms - particularly livestock units in England - will be affected," says Keith Thomas, AMC regional manager for Cheshire and North Midlands.

"In some cases compliance will require significant capital investment that will take a considerable amount of time to plan and commission. Failure to comply could jeopardise single farm payments or even result in fines."

The AMC online guide provides information including simplified project plans, planning and calculation tools, and guidance on the most appropriate means of finance for NVZ related projects, he adds.

A farmer case study highlighting the benefits that improved slurry storage and management can bring through better utilisation of slurry is also a feature of the online guide. On Kevin Jones' dairy farm the resulting financial savings on purchased fertiliser offset the amount needed to service the loan for his improvements, explains Keith. 

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