“Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s acknowledgement of the extent and seriousness of the fodder shortage across the country is too little too late,” IFA President Joe Healy has said.
He said the Minister’s announcement that he will subsidise the importation of fodder is welcome but should have been in place before now.
“The detail of the import subsidy scheme must be worked out immediately to ensure it gets up and running, and fodder can get to farmers in need without any further delay.
“The easing of the 100km rule in the Fodder Transport Scheme is an attempt to resurrect a failed scheme that is tied up with too much red tape,” Mr. Healy added.
IFA had highlighted a number of practical actions the Minister should take to alleviate the stress for farmers, such as the introduction of a meal voucher system and the suspension of inspections on farms.