15 May 2013
PRODUCTION BASE OF COUNTRY IN JEOPARDY UNLESS ACTION TAKEN NOWUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan said that the fodder and cash flow crisis on farms now required immediate further action from the Government to help with what is going to be a difficult and costly recovery for the sector.
Mr Bryan said that the cost and damage on farms from almost a year of poor weather is running into hundreds of millions, and thousands of farmers are now in a desperate position trying to cope with saturated ground, no fodder and cash flow wiped.
John Bryan called on a new package of measures from the Government and a commitment of at least €50m towards helping farmers recover and ensure that there is enough fodder produced for next winter. For example a fertiliser voucher scheme is justified.
The IFA President said that the production base of the country was in jeopardy unless appropriate action was now taken to help recovery and ensure that the targets set in the Government’s own Food Harvest 2020 were put back on track. In this regard, the IFA President has convened an emergency meeting of industry leaders next Monday in an effort to develop and coordinate a strategy to help farm families recover. He has requested the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and his Department to attend.