IFA President Joe Healy has called on the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and the Government to take urgent action to stop the escalating fodder and income crises due to severe drought conditions.
“There has rarely been a tougher time for farmers in Ireland. We are currently experiencing a severe income and fodder crisis, putting a large number of Irish farmers under extreme levels of stress and anxiety”.
The IFA President said that grass and crop growth has been seriously impacted. Many farmers have been feeding out next winter’s silage and additional concentrates for a number of weeks and most farmers are unable to get their planned second cut silage. Large areas of the country have had little or no rain in the last two months.
Joe Healy also added that even if it rains soon, Teagasc, whose surveys have estimated a fodder deficit of over 30%, say it could take at least 4 weeks for grass production to recover.
The IFA have proposed a drought action plan which is detailed below.
The IFA President reiterated his call that “the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and the Government must take urgent action to address this situation”.