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Sunday 22 October 2017

Creed announces supports for flood-hit farmers

IFA President Joe Healy.
IFA President Joe Healy.
Catherine Hurley

Catherine Hurley

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed has announced the launch of a targeted measure to provide assistance to farmers in North East Donegal, who suffered losses as a result of the brief but severe flooding experienced in the area last month. 

The Minister said he had witnessed first-hand some of the very significant problems that a number of farmers experienced as a result of the sudden flooding event, when he visited North East Donegal.

"I committed during my visit to supporting these farmers and I am satisfied that my Department in conjunction with other State Agencies have moved swiftly to offer practical solutions to those affected." 

Speaking at the launch of the measure the Minister said: “Following positive discussions at Cabinet this morning, I am pleased to announce this initiative to support the small number of farmers around the Inishowen Peninsula who bore the brunt of last month’s unprecedented rainfall.

"This measure will provide farmers who were significantly affected by the flooding with a financial contribution towards losses or damage sustained.”

Support under this measure will apply to losses of livestock, the loss of conserved fodder (hay or silage) and as a contribution towards the clean-up cost of agricultural lands, including repair to fences, damaged by debris washed up by the floods. Only losses not covered by insurance will be eligible for consideration.

The measure builds on the availability of support through the Animal Welfare Helpline and through the advisory assistance made available by Teagasc in the region.

The Minister also said that the measures will specifically direct support to those that have borne the brunt of the flooding.

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"I would particularly like to pay tribute to the tremendous community spirit of the people in Donegal in supporting those affected by the flooding."

He said that application forms will be available shortly.


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