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Under pressure farmers seek help as feed crisis takes its toll on health

Francis Farragher

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BY FRANCIS FARRAGHER

TWO of the main organisations involved in the prevention of suicide and self-harm have reported increases in calls from people in rural areas over the late Spring period, coinciding with the fodder, grass and financial crisis that has hit farmers across the country.

Galway IFA’s Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, Maura Canning, told the Farming Tribune that organisations like Pieta House and Console had told her of the increase in calls from members of the farming and rural communities over the past couple of months.

Last Sunday, despite the ongoing inclement weather, there was a large turnout for a Green Ribbon walk in Portumna Forest Park, one in a number of such events aimed at increasing the awareness of mental health problems in rural areas.

“We need to get people talking about stress, worries and mental health issues. This has been a terrible Spring and past year for farmers  – many of them feel under tremendous pressure because of the fodder and grass crisis.

“The main message we want to get out there is that people aren’t alone in this situation. Thousands of farmers across Galway are in the same boat and feel under pressure – it is vital for those people to know that they can talk about these issues and get help should the need arise,” said Maura Canning.

She said that she had been told by *Pieta House and by *Console that there was a significant increase in the number of calls they had received over the late Spring period from farmers and rural dwellers who felt under serious stress.

“It is very worrying but it is also a consolation to know that these people are aware that there is help out there and that they have made that initial contact with organisations like Pieta House and Console,” said Maura Canning.

A Galway East Life Support (G.E.L.S) group has also been set up on a voluntary basis to help out individuals or families who may be feeling under stress after what is generally accepted to have been the worst farming ‘weather year’ in living memory.

Last Sunday’s walk was officially launched by country singing star Mike Denver and included representatives from a number of organisations involved in mental health issues.

*Pieta House is a non-profit organisation that provides a free, specialised treatement programme for people who have suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harming. They can be contacted at 061-484444.

*Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by suicide. They provide a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service in Ireland and can be contacted at 1800-247-100. The SOS number is: 1890-577-577. The Samaritans can be contacted at 1850-60-90-90.

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New design aims to take the backache from those last scoops in feed bin

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Michael and Brenda Egan with their new ‘Tipsy Bin’ – designed to make life easier ‘on the back’ for farmers.

IT can be the bane of many farmers’ lives in their yard as they try to extract the last buckets of meal from their bin leading to one big stretch and at times a stretched back too.

Now, a Glenamaddy entrepreneur is fully confident that he has ‘cracked the problem’ after designing a meal bin that neatly leans over on a bevel to take the ache out of that final clean out.

A couple of years back while out on his brother’s farm, Michael Egan, noticed how awkward it was ‘to get to the bottom of the bin’ and in one of those Eureka moments he thought that there just ‘had to be a better way’.

An Operations Manager for Kingspan and Rom Plastics before that, Michael set about designing the new bin which also incorporates a flat base and a clever water draining hole to facilitate an easy wash out.

Along with his wife Brenda, they have set up a company called Megafab who are now distributing their new Tipsy Bin to locations around the country but mostly in direct sales to farmers.

“We are aiming to sell directly to farmers and feel that the bin at €299 (including VAT) is quite keenly price with a  small delivery charge, depending on location.

“Initially we had hoped to launch the product in March but then the COVID situation happened so we put it off until October and I’m delighted to say that we’re flying it so far. The bin is very practical and user-friendly,” Michael Egan told the Farming Tribune.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Organic farmers in West get €1.3m

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Pippa Hackett: More money on the way for organic farming.

CLOSE on 70 organic farmers in Galway will be receiving average payments of almost €4,700 under the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS), the Dept. of Agriculture have confirmed.

Minister of State at the Dept. of Agriculture, Senator Pippa Hackett, confirmed the start of €5.5m worth of OFS payments to 1,200 farmers across the country from Wednesday last.

She said that the advance payments were being made two weeks ahead of schedule, with the success of the scheme being reflected in a 50% increase in organic farming acreage since 2014.

Currently, there are 68 Galway farmers in the OFS scheme who between them will be getting payments of €319,041 this week, an average of €4,691 per participant.

Between the five Connacht counties and Clare, there are now 366 farmers participating in the OFS scheme bringing in total advance payments of just over €1.3m, an average of  €3,500 per participant.

Roscommon has the biggest number of organic farmers in the West with a total figure of 141 participants followed by Galway on 68, Clare and Leitrim 51 each, with Mayo and Sligo having 56 organic farmers split evenly between them.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New faces on IFA commodities committee

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A NUMBER of new faces will be elected onto the Galway IFA Commodities Committee in a postal vote that will begin next week and be completed by early December.

The most keenly contested position looks like being that of Rural Development representative with three candidates going for the job.

Eamonn Burke, Corrandulla branch, was the outgoing representative, but his term of office ends this month, opening the way for three new nominations.

They are: PJ Conroy, Looscaun, Woodford; Pat Flaherty, Oranmore and Peter Gohery of the Eyrecourt branch.

Rural Development is considered one of the more important positions in that it will be ‘fighting the case’ for the bigger spending areas such as REPS, GLAS and any new environmental scheme.

The other contest is for the position of Grain Representative which had been held by John Daly of Kilconnell, whose term of office is also up.

There are two nomination for this position – Eamonn Burke of Corrandulla and Mervyn Cooke of the Aughrim IFA branch.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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