IFA calls for payments for flood-affected farmers

Roscommon IFA Chairman, John Hanley, said he has visited farmers in areas affected by flooding in recent days and has seen the devastation caused by the floods.

  “In some cases farmers have been forced to move cattle because sheds are flooded. Significant quantities of fodder have been severely damaged.  The normal movement between farms has also been disrupted, with roads cut off.”

  He said a lot of these farmers are also waiting for their payments from the Department of Agriculture for up to three months at this point, which is unacceptable.

  John Hanley has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to immediately issue all outstanding payments to the farmers in these areas as they try to cope with the huge financial impact of the flooding on their farms.

  Following a meeting between the Minister for Agriculture and IFA earlier this week, Mr Hanley acknowledged the flexibility provided in relation to overflowing tanks and the movement of animals on welfare grounds to assist farmers in this crisis situation. The Minister also assured the IFA delegation that no cross compliance checks would take place in the affected areas.

  John Hanley said the destruction caused by this latest flooding underlines the case for a centralised approach to flood prevention to avoid inflicting more hardship on communities.