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IFA President Joe Healy said it was extremely disappointing to see junior Minister for Finance Michael D’Arcy say that vulture funds are easier to deal with compared to the banks. “That has not been the experience in the cases we have dealt with. It’s a cause for concern that somebody in elected office would have such a view as people would be relying on him to sort this out.”

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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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A busy week ahead next week with engagements planned on issues including Mercosur, Brexit, renewable policy and aquaculture licencing.

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Ahead of the next meeting of the Department of Agriculture’s Fodder Action Group in Sligo tomorrow, IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy said any transport support scheme the Minister puts in place will have to be practical and effective in dealing with the crisis.

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An IFA delegation led by President Joe Healy met with Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Agriculture, in the north-west last weekend to make a strong case for a fodder aid package for farmers struggling with difficulties this winter.

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