The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has reported that nearly 32,500 farmers have registered on the newly launched National Fertiliser Database. This database became fully operational at the end of July after the Veterinary Medicinal Products, Medicated Feed and Fertiliser Regulations 2023 Act was signed into law. Starting from September 1, 2023, it will be mandatory for farmers and other professional fertiliser end-users to be registered on the database in order to purchase fertiliser, including lime. It will be considered an offence to sell or purchase fertiliser without being registered. Farmers or their agents can register for the database through the department’s online agfood portal.
According to the latest figures from DAFM, as of yesterday at 10:30 a.m. (Wednesday, August 23), there have been 32,561 registrations on the National Fertiliser Database as a professional fertiliser end user (PFEU). Out of these registrations, 72 have been made by non-farmer PFEUs, the department confirmed. The data also reveals that 116 fertiliser economic operators, including merchants registered with the department, have joined the database by that date. Additionally, 155 farmer registrations as a fertiliser economic operator have been completed, according to DAFM.
Under the legislation, farmers must register as a fertiliser economic operator if they are involved in importing fertiliser from a third country or another EU member state, as well as if they are engaged in farm-to-farm transfers of fertiliser. Farmers will be required to declare their closing fertiliser stock on their farm as of 11:59 p.m. on September 14, which marks the end of the fertiliser spreading period. The deadline for making this declaration is October 15. Furthermore, fertiliser economic operators, including manufacturers, blenders, merchants, and importers, must submit sales data for September, October, and November 2023 to the database by December 15.
This new National Fertiliser Database aims to enhance traceability and accountability in the fertiliser sector. By having a comprehensive record of fertiliser transactions, the database will help monitor and regulate the movement of fertiliser products, ensuring compliance with regulations and promoting responsible use. Additionally, it will contribute to the prevention of environmental pollution caused by improper fertiliser management.
The introduction of this database is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to modernize and improve the agricultural sector. It aligns with the EU’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and supports the implementation of the European Green Deal. The database will provide valuable data for policymakers and researchers, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding fertiliser usage and its impact on the environment.
The registration process for the National Fertiliser Database is straightforward and accessible through the department’s online agfood portal. Farmers are encouraged to complete their registration as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the upcoming legal requirements. The department has also provided guidance and support to assist farmers in navigating the registration process.
In conclusion, the National Fertiliser Database has seen a significant number of registrations since its launch, with over 32,500 farmers already registered as professional fertiliser end-users. This database will play a crucial role in promoting responsible fertiliser use and safeguarding the environment. Farmers and other professional fertiliser end-users must ensure they are registered on the database by September 1, 2023, to continue purchasing fertiliser legally. The department remains committed to supporting farmers throughout the registration process and ensuring a smooth transition to the new regulatory framework.