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Speaking on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships, IFA President Joe Healy said that the next month will be a defining one for Minister Michael Creed. Joe Healy said farmers are facing a winter of discontent due to fodder shortages and huge feed bills arising from the summer drought.

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Commenting on the latest Teagasc National Fodder Survey which shows a deficit of three million tonnes, IFA President Joe Healy said it is clear that farmers will need more help to close this gap. 

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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.

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IFA President Joe Healy has acknowledged that a number of measures to deal with the drought conditions have been introduced, but momentum has to be continued.

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IFA President Joe Healy said a fodder import scheme will have to be part of the Government’s response to the drought conditions as soon as possible to give co-ops and merchants the best chance of sourcing fodder from other countries.

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