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Saturday 22 September 2018

New €4m fodder scheme open to farmers

Fodder being imported through Rosslare Port earlier this year.
Fodder being imported through Rosslare Port earlier this year.

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/

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