IFA President Joe Healy has written to the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, making it clear that there can be no delays in the delivery of the low cost agri-cashflow loans, and that they must be available to farmers in January.
Joe Healy said, “It is critically important that the agri-cashflow loans are available for farmers in January 2017. There has been a hugely positive response from the farming sector to the announcement of these loans, and it is my belief that there will be strong demand for the loan fund, with farmers using the funding available to restructure their financial commitments and to access low-cost working capital”.
“However, the absence of concrete timelines for availability of the loans as we approach the end of December has led to significant concerns and uncertainty. Farmers will make their financial planning decisions early in the year, and it is critical that these loans are available as early as possible.”
Joe Healy continued, “Throughout 2016, IFA worked hard to secure low-cost funding for the farming sector, to deal specifically with cashflow pressures and to provide flexible working capital funding options”.
He concluded, “I have requested that the Minister communicate with the SBCI as a matter of urgency. There must be greater engagement between SBCI and the financial institutions, with the prompt agreement of terms a priority, in order to ensure the rollout of loans in January”.