IFA Flood Project Chairman, Tom Turley said that the Emergency Flood Damage Relief Measure must be extended to include those farmers who have suffered crop losses as a result of the recent flooding.
He said, the exclusion to date of crops is unacceptable as the financial losses arising from crop damage are very significant in many cases. Included in the crop losses are vegetables, maize crops, fodder beet.
Tom Turley has called for the early payment of all 377 farmers who have applied for the fodder scheme and for the 130 applicants who have applied to the Emergency Flood Damage Measure.
The eligibility checks of these applicants must be concluded without further delay as farmers have to buy alternative feed for their animals.