IFA Flood Project Chairman Padraic Joyce said applications for aid by farmers in Donegal impacted by recent floods must be processed without delay, and payments made over the coming weeks.
At a meeting in Buncrana last night organised by the Donegal IFA Executive to discuss the aid package, farmers raised their concerns and highlighted the need for all losses to be taken into account. The scheme must cover fodder losses, structural damage, land damage, crop losses, fencing, farm roadways, and stock losses.
Padraic Joyce urged Minister Creed to deliver this support speedily and to all farmers who have been affected.
IFA President Joe Healy and Donegal IFA Chairman Michael Chance met with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed twice to press for an aid package in the immediate aftermath of the flooding, Joe Healy visited Donegal, met with Minister Creed and secured his commitment to an assessment of losses as a first step.
IFA made clear to the Minister that financial support was necessary for the loss of livestock and fodder, and for damage to land, farms, and fencing. Michael Chance said it is very positive that these requirements have been taken on board in the scheme. He said aid must also be available to cover crop losses and the cost for farmers who suffered extensive damage to their farms during the flooding.