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FARMWEEK
MAY 09 2019
BALMORAL SHOW
Visit the Northern
Ireland Environment
Agency at Balmoral
I
F you’re visiting the Balmoral
Show this year don’t miss
the opportunity to visit
the Northern Ireland
Environment Agency’s (NIEA)
stand and also the NetRegs stand
in the Eikon Centre and learn
how they can help you operate
within the law and protect the
environment.
NetRegs is the agency’s
dedicated website for businesses
and provides the most up-to-date
information and guidance on
complying with environmental
legislation.
Mark Livingstone, Head of
NIEA’s Regulation Unit, said: “As
part of our role to protect and
enhance the environment, we
developed the NetRegs website to
help make it easier for businesses
to be aware of, and comply with,
their legal responsibilities.
“Targeted in particular at SMEs,
NetRegs provides free up-todate guidance on environmental
compliance and good practice
to businesses here. It is written
in simple, easy to understand
language which makes it as easy
as possible for companies to
meet their statutory obligations.”
It offers guidance for 36
different business sectors, along
with examples of good practice
and further information on
current, future and recently
added legislation.
Businesses can use the
seven e-learning tools, an
environmental self-assessment
tool, videos and case studies.
They can also benefit from a
mobile app when away from
the office and a monthly email
update.
Mark added: “We have had
really positive feedback on
the NetRegs site with many
companies realising the business
benefits of going beyond
environmental compliance.
Ensuring you are operating
within the law hasn’t been
easier.”
Further, the Northern Ireland
Environment Agency is
supporting business to protect
the environment and will be at
the Balmoral Show this year to
provide guidance and information
on:
n Waste and Resource
Management
n Water Regulation and Quality
n Land and Groundwater
Protection
n Drinking Water Inspectorate
Water quality in Northern
Ireland is everyone’s
responsibility. Clean water
is one of our most important
natural resources for drinking,
farming, leisure, wildlife and
biodiversity. The latest statistics
show Phosphorus levels in our
Northern Ireland waters are
rising and in order to reduce
these levels everyone has to play
their part.
NIEA Water Management
Unit’s message at Balmoral
Show this year is to look at your
Phosphorus inputs and outputs
as Phosphorus will be part of
the NIEA Cross Compliance
Inspections. Staff will be available
every day at the NIEA Stand
to talk about the phosphorus
balance on your farm so that the
majority of phosphorus input
on your farm goes into your
livestock, grass and crops and
not into our waterways.
And with Invasive Species
Week taking place May 13-17,
organisations across the UK
are working together to raise
awareness and help prevent their
spread. Staff from NIEA will be
available to advise on the simple
things that you can do to help
protect the environment and
recreational spaces you enjoy.
You can find out more about
NIEA and NetRegs by visiting
their stand at the Balmoral Show.
ORGANISERS: Pictured are organisers of the charity raffle, from
left, Aoife Smyth, Dale Wylie, Kerry Angus, Niamh Smyth, Kyla
Smyth, Bridie Smyth and James McClintock.
Charity raffle planned
THE Northern Ireland Kerryhill Sheep Society is holding a
charity raffle in memory of esteemed friend and member
Patrick Smyth.
It will be launched at Balmoral Show and run for the duration
of the summer show season to raise much needed funds for the
Friends of the Cancer Centre at the City Hospital in Belfast.
Amongst the £2,000 worth of prizes there is a pedigree
Kerryhill ewe lamb (or the £200 cash alternative) up for grabs.
Tickets will be priced at £1 each.

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