Fodder meeting urgently sought by IFA

IFA President, Joe Healy
IFA President, Joe Healy

FURTHER efforts are being made this week to call another meeting of the Fodder Action Group as concerns grow across many parts of the West over a worsening situation with feed reserves.

IFA President, Joe Healy, said that the credibility of Minister Michael Creed would be called into question unless he called another meeting of the Group that would deliver real measures on the ground to farmers in trouble with fodder supplies.

“A Teagasc survey has clearly established that 85% of farmers affected by fodder shortages in the north-west region have, on average, less than half of the fodder they need for the Winter.

“That is a very stark situation for the farmers affected and the very poor weather of the last number of days will only add to the problem.

“The Minister has been aware of the dire situation for some time: he has to acknowledged the difficulties farmers are experiencing, but has yet to offer any tangible support. Immediate action is required,” said Joe Healy.

He said that the IFA strongly believed that a meal voucher system would provide the best and most efficient solution to the feed crisis situation enabling farmers to stretch out further their supplies of silage.

The President said that in addition to that, a transport subsidy for the transportation of silage to farmers in the fodder shortage areas would also be a big help.

Galway IFA Chairman, Pat Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that first and foremost the meal voucher scheme would be a major help to farmers under pressure – a measure that wouldn’t ‘drive’ the market for silage.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.