Hopkins urges farmers to apply for fodder scheme

Fine Gael’s Cllr. Maura Hopkins has urged farmers to apply to the Government’s assistance fund to help replace lost feed in order to feed stock in the coming weeks.

  The Roscommon-Galway General Election candidate said that €2 million had been set aside to help farmers whose fodder has been destroyed because of flooding.

  Cllr. Hopkins said: “Having met a number of farmers recently who are trying to continue to work in difficult situations, I know there is a huge need out there for fodder supplies.

  “The compensation scheme relates to the loss of straw, hay, silage and other materials, which are not available to claim under insurance.”

  With the deadline for applications being January 22, Cllr. Hopkins urged anyone who had lost feed to apply with haste.

  “Farmers are set to get the full market value of lost fodder and the application process is very accessible,” she said.

  “One-page self-declaration forms can be downloaded from the Department of Agriculture’s website and an inspector is sent out to verify what has been lost.

  “If individuals need advice in obtaining or filling out forms, they can speak with their local Teagasc adviser. 

  “I am informed that payments will be made quickly.”