Gardaí on the scene as angry farmers occupy Department of Agriculture
Angry tillage farmers are occupying the the Department of Agriculture in Kildare St this evening over details of a Tillage Crisis fund which they say is not acceptable.
The farmers are members of the IFA Grain Committee and are seeking the full details of the tillage scheme and an urgent meeting with Minister Michael Creed. Gardai are present at the protest.
IFA has been lobbying for a support package for tillage farmers who lost crops in the 2016 harvest due to dire weather conditions.
The farmers concerned are primarily farmers along the west coast from Donegal to Kerry and in some inland counties who, because of the weather conditions during the harvest season last year, were affected by wet days that ran on in a manner that meant that they could not get into their fields and that their soil was very soft.
This meant that they could not harvest their crops.
IFA wants to discuss elements of the scheme, which have been reported in the media, and which would not be acceptable to the IFA.
An emergency fund worth an estimated €1.5m is set to open for tillage farmers in the west hit by poor weather during last year’s harvest.
The ‘Crop Loss Compensation’ scheme, expected to be launched in the coming weeks, will make a maximum of €5,000 available to up to 300 private tillage farmers.