To highlight the need for a fodder aid scheme for farmers that are experiencing fodder shortages the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association are holding a protest.
National President Colm O’Donnell stated that while the Minister had ignored the stakeholders committee recommendation, he had delivered a transport subsidy causing.
“Now, because of the Scheme's restrictive nature, it will not deliver for most farmers," he stated.
The protest will be held at Department of Agriculture Offices in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim next Monday, February 12 starting from 10:30am.
O’Donnell commented: “provide the many farmers that are struggling with fodder shortages the opportunity to highlight how inadequate the current proposals are in dealing with this crisis".
O'Donnell also commented on last months announcement on the transport subsidy "Is a piecemeal attempt to sort a crisis that is deteriorating on a daily basis. The protest on Monday will call for the immediate introduction of a meal voucher and the extension of the transport subsidy to licensed hauliers who have for years been providing hay and straw to farmers in the west and north west.”
To conclude O’Donnell invited anyone who is experiencing fodder shortages to “come on Monday and send a message to the Minister and his officials that what’s on offer will have to be improved on if further actions are to be avoided”