17 May 2013
MINISTER MUST REALISE FODDER PROBLEM EXTENDS BEYOND CORKUncategorized
The Chairman of Leitrim IFA Pat Gilhooly said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney seems to have forgotten the west and northern parts of the country, where the real problems currently exist with fodder shortages and lack of grass growth. “We have saturated ground, no fodder and no money.”
Pat Gilhooly said, “Today, on the One O’Clock News, the Minister claimed to have brought transport and shipping companies together to ship hay into Cork and surrounding counties. Could the Minister immediately repeat the same, and bring in 50 loads of hay to the west and northern parts of the country?”
Pat Gilhooly challenged the Minister to immediately visit the west of Ireland and see for himself the plight of thousands of farm families who are struggling to deal with the impact of the weather.
He re-iterated the call by the IFA President John Bryan for a €50m package to assist with the fodder crisis and the recovery of the sector.