Crops 'hammered into the ground' in the west
Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30
Tillage farmer Eamonn Bourke has lost over 100ac of his barley and oats yield due to sudden torrential downpours in Galway.
The devastating loss is set to cost him more than €40,000.
Speaking to the Farming Independent, the Corrandulla-based farmer said the heads of his crops were "completely hammered into the ground".
"There is nothing left, nothing can be done. We've no product and it's purely down to the weather. I've never seen anything as bad as this before and I've been in tillage all my life," he said.
"It's very stressful. You put in all your effort over the year and 60pc of it has been wiped out," he said.
Mr Bourke is calling on the Government and farming organisations to set up a compensation fund to ease the blow.
"This is an emergency situation with serious financial losses. It's a disaster and an emergency fund should be put in place.," he said.
"I spent the weekend driving around in the combine but it was more of mental exercise so I know I tried. But there wasn't one grain in the trailer behind me," he said.