At a meeting last night to discuss the Relief Scheme for farmers affected by recent flooding, Donegal IFA Chairman Michael Chance encouraged all affected farmers to ensure they made their applications as soon as possible and in advance of the closing date, Friday, September 29th.
The IFA meeting offered information to farmers on the terms of the flooding scheme and advice on completing the application form.
Michael Chance said it is unacceptable that crop losses are not covered under the scheme and IFA has been in direct contact with Minister Michael Creed on this issue.
He said the Department of Agriculture must be flexible in the evaluation process, and in the event of a dispute, farmers must have access to an appeals mechanism.
At the meeting last night, farmers raised issues in relation to the impact of land damage on farm scheme eligibility. The meeting was assured that IFA has received commitments from Minister Creed and the Department of Agriculture that farmers will not be penalised. Michael Chance assured farmers that if there are any issues with this, IFA will deal with them.