From next year, farmers in NI who spread chemical phosphate (P) fertiliser will need to show a soil analysis to prove crop requirement during inspections, a DAERA spokesperson has confirmed.

The new Nutrient Action Plan (NAP) 2019-2022 states that from 1 January 2020 a fertilisation plan is needed on all grassland farms that use chemical P fertilisers and it will need to be made available during any cross-compliance inspections.