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Important information on abstraction licence renewals

28 July 2011

Growers must re-apply for any special agreements, such as the Two-Part Tariff for spray irrigation, when they renew time-limited abstraction licences, AHDB Potatoes technical executive Chris Steele reminds levy-payers.

According to information received from the Environment Agency, when a time-limited abstraction licence is due to expire, abstractors tend to believe they are applying to 'renew' their expiring one, explains Chris.

In reality, the old licence expires and is replaced, upon application, with a new permit issued under the same terms. This licence has a different number and is treated on the Environment Agency system as being completely new.

“As the licence is viewed as being new, growers should ensure they re-apply for all the special agreements or risk losing them,” emphasises Chris.

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