IFA demand rescue deal for western cereal farmers
Emergency aid and fodder scheme top five-point plan for the Minister
Pressures are mounting on the Government to help embattled cereal growers west of the Shannon. With the weather showing no sign of letting up, farmers in the western half of the country are facing the loss of tens of thousands of acres of cereals.
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, has already penned in a crisis meeting for key stakeholders for next week, but attentions are now turning to what emergency aid can be directed at those most affected.
Among the initiatives mooted this week is a five-point plan from the IFA ahead of the Budget in two weeks. It includes:
• Crisis aid for tillage farmers who have suffered serious crop losses
• Fodder Scheme for farmers unable to save enough hay or silage
• Easing of qualifying criteria for Farm Assist
• Flexibility on slurry spreading
• Prompt payment under all farm schemes, with no delays and no excuses.