New €4m fodder scheme open to farmers
Wicklow farmers seeking to reduce the cost of imported forage this year will be able to apply for funding under a new €4.25 million fodder scheme.
The allocation was announced under a new Fodder Import Support measure which will operate through the Co-operatives/registered importers and will cover forage imported from August 12 to December 31, 2018. Funding will be subject to EU State Aid (de-minimis) rules.
According to Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle, the measure has been introduced following the recent drought conditions which have had a severe impact on an already difficult fodder situation.
'As was the case in the earlier Fodder Import measure of last spring, participation will be straightforward for the farmer who contacts a participating Co-op/registered importer and purchases fodder. The Department of Agriculture will subsequently reimburse the Co-op/importer with a contribution towards the cost of transport,' he said.
Application forms and terms and conditions will be made available through the Co-ops/registered importers shortly and will also be available on the Department's website at https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/fodderimportsupportmeasureautumn2018/