Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Éamon Ó Cuív TD, has called on the Minister for Agriculture to extend the Imported Fodder Transport Scheme for at least a further two weeks.
Deputy Ó Cuív’s call comes as farmers continue to struggle with the fodder crisis, which is still causing huge distress in many parts of the country.
“I am calling on Minister Coveney to extend the fodder transport scheme for a further two weeks at least, which should be reviewed on a weekly basis after that.
“Farmers are still under severe pressure and sadly, Minister Coveney has so far failed to do anything of significance to deal with the crisis.
“In view of the continued exceptional circumstances being experienced by farmers, the Minister needs to come up with a significant package of aid for farmers.
“Even though there has been some respite in parts of the country this week, unfortunately there is more unsettled weather forecast for next week. We need to see more direction and leadership from the Minister on this.
“The fodder crisis is not over by any stretch of the imagination and it seems to me that the Minster is working from week to week hoping that the crisis will just go away.
“This is not how the Minister should conduct his business, there now needs to be more forward planning for next year because there is every chance we could have a similar crisis in 2014.
“In the meantime it is vital the Minister extends the fodder transport scheme for another 2 weeks at least.”