22 Aug 2018
FODDER IMPORT SCHEME IMPORTANT, BUT LOW-COST LOAN PACKAGE STILL NEEDED URGENTLYDrought, President
IFA President Joe Healy has acknowledged the confirmation by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed of a fodder import scheme for €4,25m as another important element identified in IFA’s Drought Action Plan.
Joe Healy said once the Minister had announced at the Tullamore Show ten days ago of his intention to bring in a fodder import scheme, farmers wanted it in place quickly. “Some co-ops and merchants have identified available fodder abroad and this allows them to put their plans in place.”
The IFA President again called on Minister Creed to introduce immediately the low-cost loans which were promised in last October’s Budget, adding that these loans must be available for working capital.
Joe Healy also said it was important that changes under GLAS are confirmed and clarified as a matter of urgency. The flexibility to allow conservation of fodder on fallow ground is welcome, but urgent movement on the Low-Input Grassland measure is critical. This will allow farmers to conserve extra fodder.