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Garda plea on gorse fires

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GARDAI have appealed for far greater care to be taken as regards gorse  fires, following a number of outbreaks that occurred right across the county over the past fortnight.

One of the most serious occurred in Báile na hAbhann, Connemara, where hundreds of acres of scrub were burned in a blaze that at one stage threatened houses in the area.

Up to five fire brigade units fought the blaze at Bóthair Loch an Airla, Doiriu, for several hours and prevented it from causing any damage to the nearby houses.

A Garda spokesman this week pleaded for people not to be tempted into ‘clearing off areas of scrub’ by setting them alight.

“In dry conditions, gorse fires can burn completely out of control causing damage to wildlife and in cases endangering houses in the vicinity.

“We would really ask people to think twice before they set off gorse – once dry vegetation ‘takes off’ after a spell without rain, it is very difficult to stop it,” said the Garda spokesman.

Gardai also reported gorse fires in the Maam Cross, Letterfrack, Woodford and Abbeyknockmoy areas over the past two weeks.

The fire on the edge of Abbeyknockmoy Bog raged for about six hours from 5pm to 11pm last Sunday evening, attracting many onlookers who parked along the N63 Galway to Roscommon roadway.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Galway is top of the table for payments in GLAS

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Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

GALWAY tops the league both in terms of payment total and farming numbers for the GLAS environmental scheme, the latest figures from the Dept. of Agriculture reveal.

Almost €13.7 million is being paid out in the 2022 Advance GLAS Payments to 3,951 farmers in Galway – averaging out at nearly €3,500 per farmer.

Mayo comes second on the payments list with over €12.4m being paid out to 3,683 farmers – equating to an average payment of just under €3,400 per applicant.

The importance of GLAS payments to the western seaboard counties is also highlighted by the fact that Donegal comes in third on the pay league, with €9.54m being paid to 3,026 farmers in that county – averaging out at just under €3,200 per applicant.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, said that the uptake in GLAS across the whole western region highlighted the importance of the scheme to farmers in the more marginal areas.

“While we had hoped that the ACRES would be of a similar nature to GLAS, farmers here in the West still should definitely give serious consideration to applying for inclusion in the new scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Five seaweed extracts have been identified as inflammation inhibitors for people with Crohn’s disease

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HUMBLE seaweed – often only thought of in the past as a natural fertiliser – could now be the key to treating millions of people across the world who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), according to a Teagasc research project.

An estimated six million people globally (40,000 in Ireland) suffer from IBD – also known as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis – a painful and disruptive condition which in cases can be life threatening.

Now, as part of the latest EU Horizon 2020 Algae41BD project, Teagasc researchers are exploring the identification and development of what are known as ‘small molecules’ derived from seaweed which can provide relief from IBD.

According to the latest edition of the Teagasc TResearch magazine, the project involves research institutes with experiencing in the harvesting and aquaculture of seaweeds and microalgae, as well as gastroenterologists, food and functional food product developers, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Algae, or seaweed, has according to Teagasc been consumed as a human food for thousands of years across Asia, as well as in Central and South America, but in Europe it’s use as a food, functional food, or drug is ‘only just beginning to be explored’.

Teagasc researchers point out that the health benefits of small molecules found in seaweeds and microalgae is a relatively new area of bio-discovery of biodiversity for researchers.

“Marine species of both seaweeds and microalgae have tremendous potential for use as a reservoir of health-beneficial bioactive molecules and food ingredients,” Teagasc state.

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Don’t miss deadline for 2023 fodder scheme!

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Roy O'Brien: Reminder of early 2023 fodder scheme deadline.

FARMERS and agri-advisors/consultants have been reminded ‘not to long-finger’ their applications for the 2023 Fodder Subsidy Scheme which has a deadline date in early December of this year.

Galway-Mayo IFA Regional Executive, Roy O’Brien, told the Farming Tribune, that farmers needed to keep in mind the early deadline for the 2023 scheme.

“Payments for this year’s Fodder Support Scheme are due to be paid next month but farmers need to bear in mind the earlier deadline for applications for the 2023 applications.

“We certainly welcome the roll-over of the scheme in 2023 which will be of assistance to many farmers in ensuring that they have enough fodder for the following winter,” said Roy O’Brien.

The deadline date for 2023 applications is Monday, December 5 next and is open to all farmers who had applied successfully for aid in this year’s scheme.

Earlier this month, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, confirmed the roll-over of the Fodder Support Scheme in 2023 and urged all 71,000 farmers who had applied for this year’s scheme to do so again for next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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