Fodder Import Support is first step required to assist the Farming Community
Cork Senator and member of the joint Oireachtas Agricultural committee, Tim Lombard, confirmed that over €1.5 million has been allocated towards the introduction of a Fodder Import Support measure. The measure will operate through the dairy Co-operatives and will cover fodder imported by the co-ops from 5th April 2018 to 30th April 2018. Support under the measure will substantially alleviate the cost to farmers of imported fodder (approximately one third).
Senator Lombard said: “This has been a long difficult winter, as well as a late spring, which has put great pressure on the whole farming community. This scheme announced my Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, will alleviate some of that stress by supporting the importation of up to 20,000 tons of fodder into the country.
“The actual beneficiaries will be farmers who urgently need supplies of fodder. The initial allocation will continue until the 30th of April, although the scheme will be kept under ongoing review until the current crises is over.
“Application forms, participating Co-ops, and terms and conditions will be made available through the Co-ops and on the Department’s website. Farmers should contact their local participating co-op indicating their intention to purchase and volume of fodder requested.
“The Department will pay the participating Co-op a standard contribution towards the cost of transport which in turn will be reflected in the ultimate price to the farmer.”
Senator Lombard previously called for Co-ops to show solidarity with the farming community, and maintain milk prices, so that farmers might endure the current crisis; “I’ve been speaking to farmers across the country, and it is obvious that this past winter has been financial, physically, and mentally taxing. Our farming community is under a great deal of stress at this time and it is important that we all work together to help mitigate the damage.”
12 April 2018