O’Donovan criticises Minister’s lack of urgency over fodder crisis

Published on: 01 May 2013

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has heavily criticised the Minister for Agriculture for his lack of action on the fodder crisis which he says is deepening by the day.

Senator O’Donovan raised the issue in the Seanad this morning and outlined his deep concern at the lack of urgency on behalf of the Minister in dealing with the crisis.

“Fianna Fáil has been highlighting the profound fodder crisis that exists throughout the country for the past month. After weeks of various Dáil and Seanad debates on this topic; Minster Simon Coveney finally acted last week by announcing a modest subsidy for the transport of fodder from the UK.

“Although this was a welcome development it falls way short of the €10 million emergency fund that was requested by Fianna Fáil to provide some respite for farmers. The fodder crisis has been deepening in recent weeks, silage is still not being cut and cattle are still starving.

“The lukewarm response from Minister Coveney was been totally inadequate and it does not go far enough to help struggling farmers.  The fact that the IFA has had to provide their own fund to help farmers shows Minister Coveney’s actions have been inadequate. The fodder emergency we are experiencing will not conveniently go away; the Minister needs to realise the seriousness of the situation and act accordingly.

“However, I would ask farmers who are in distress and under severe pressure not to be reluctant to make contact and seek assistance.  The offer of assistance has been made by the Department of Agriculture and I would urge anyone in trouble to ring 1850 211 990.”

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