The Dutch government has relaxed its rules on nitrogen and phosphate losses from manure spreading on agricultural land, following a review of its Minas mineral accounting scheme last spring. Farmers were deemed already to be using "best practice", according to the agriculture ministry. They have been given an additional year to meet the final limits, with the deadline put back to 2004. A spokesperson told ENDS Europe DAILY that the Netherlands would still meet the requirements of the EU nitrates directive, in spite of the changes. See agriculture ministry press release.
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