MAFF NSA option
FARMERS in nitrate sensitive areas can enter land into set-aside under a new option announced by MAFF to reduce nitrate leaching.
An annual £50/ha (£20.24/ acre) environmental payment is available in addition to the £340/ ha (£137.65/acre) set-aside payment payable in Apr 1996. Eligible arable land entered into the option can also be counted against the farms set-aside obligation.
Farmers entering the scheme must establish a grass ley by Oct 1 using MAFF-approved seeds mixtures. The land must also remain unfertilised and ungrazed. Applications must be returned to MAFF by Sept 15. *