UFU welcome derogation on three-crop rule

Friday, 4 May, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed a decision by the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, to agree a derogation for arable farmers in Northern Ireland from the three-crop rule requirements.

UFU president Ivor Ferguson says, “This is something the UFU has been pushing DAERA for in recent weeks. Arable and horticulture growers have been facing huge challenges following a prolonged spell of relentless wet weather while trying to meet the ‘three-crop rule’. Many farmers were unable to plant winter crops due to poor field conditions and the delayed planting of spring crops has left them with very few options.”

The three-crop rule applies to farms with over 30 hectares of arable land. Farmers have to sow three crops on the farm to meet greening rules.

Mr Ferguson continues, “This is welcome news for farmers who can be reassured that their greening payments will not be impacted on now the derogation has been agreed. Growers will be able to make crop choices that best suits their current situation.”