10 May 2013
IFA WELCOME EXTENSION OF FODDER AID SCHEME AS CRISIS CONTINUES TO BITE – IFAUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the extension of the imported fodder transport scheme for another 2 weeks by the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney and an additional €1m in funding. He said the wet and cold weather this week has seriously set back recovery and grass growth on farms right across the country<span>, and particularly in the West where conditions are very challenging.</span>
John Bryan said the fodder crisis is fast turning into a financial crisis on many farms with increasing costs and stress on farm families, who are finding it extremely difficult to cope with this ongoing and unprecedented weather crisis.
The IFA President said a major effort is being made by the agricultural sector and particularly the Co-Ops, Livestock Marts and Merchants to get imported fodder to farmers on the ground. He said “ I want to acknowledge the huge work by everybody, including farmers<span>, to help get through this crisis.” </span>
John Bryan re-iterated his call on Minister Coveney to bring forward direct payments to help address the severe cash flow problems on farms as a result of the ten months of dreadful weather. The Minister must also ensure there is flexibility in relation to stocking rates criteria for eligibility for the Disadvantaged Areas scheme.
John Bryan said IFA has established supply links and sourced over 8,000t of hay and fodder in the UK which has been imported over the last 3 weeks. In addition, IFA has sourced over 3,000t of hay in France which is currently being imported and distributed through the Co-ops, Merchants and Livestock Marts.