MINISTER HAS TO ACT ON TEAGASC FODDER SURVEY

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MINISTER HAS TO ACT ON TEAGASC FODDER SURVEY
11 Dec 2017

MINISTER HAS TO ACT ON TEAGASC FODDER SURVEY

Rural Development

Today’s meeting of the Fodder Action Group in Sligo confirmed that over 85% of farmers surveyed in the region have, on average, less than half of the fodder they need for the winter.

The Action Group was established by the Minister following a meeting with IFA last week.

IFA Padraic Joyce said, “These figures are very stark and the fodder shortages are placing a huge strain on farmers. The information gathered by Teagasc requires immediate action from the Minister who must bring forward measures to help those farmers who urgently need support to avert a crisis”.

He called on Teagasc to quantify the type and volume of feed and fodder required in the north-west region, and to identify if there is any surplus in the rest of the country.

In a meeting with the Minister last week, the IFA delegation set out the supports needed to alleviate the problem, including animal feed vouchers and a transport subsidy.

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