Tillage farmers demand aid after millions in losses
Grain farmers will protest outside the Dáil tomorrow ahead of a private member's motion on emergency aid.
The IFA claims that 250 grain farmers have suffered losses running into the millions on the back of one of the most difficult harvests in recent years.
Grain losses are said to be close to €3m, while straw losses push the total write-off closer to €4m.
"Many tillage farmers are facing severe financial difficulties, such was the scale of crop losses experienced by individual growers in 2016," said an IFA statement.
Its survey showed that the growers worst affected were in counties Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon and Tipperary.
Cork was by far the worst, accounting for the vast majority of the 16,400ac affected. This translated into over losses of 20,000 tonnes and close to 80,000 4x4 round bales.
The grain was valued at €142 and €13 per bale. The volume of grain and straw losses calculated for each farm was based on the five-year average yield for the individual farmers.
Over 40 Fianna Fáil TDs have tabled a motion to establish a crisis support fund to provide direct payments to farmers impacted by the severe crop loss in 2016.