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Agreed periods for fertilising land

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you want to fertilise large areas of land with manure? There are rules for when you are and are not allowed to do so.

If you want to use manure, sewage sludge or fertiliser on agricultural land, you should stick to the agreed periods (in Dutch). The type of ground and manure determine during which months you may fertilise. For example, you are not allowed to spread animal manure on ground that is (partially) frozen.

Spreading large amounts of compost

Once every 30 years, you may spread a large amount of compost on ground that is not used for agricultural ends, for example, a golf course. You can spread a maximum of 200 tonnes of dry material per hectare. You should notify (in Dutch) the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) before you do so. You are not allowed to use the ground for agriculture for 1 year after notifying.

Are you the compost supplier? You do not have to notify.

Exemption for organic fertilisers

Between 1 September and 31 January, you are not allowed to use organic fertilisers on arable land or grassland. Organic fertilisers include animal manure, sewage sludge or a mix of the two. You can apply for an exemption with your local provincial authority.

Applying for exemption with Message Box

Do you run a company in Noord-Brabant? You can apply for an exemption for organic fertilisers digitally through Message Box. Message Box is an official, secure email system that allows for digital communication between entrepreneurs and the government.

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