19 JANUARY 2017
ICSA president Patrick Kent has welcomed the Dail vote in favour of a crisis support fund for tillage farmers to assist those worst affected by weather losses in the 2016 harvest. It follows the passing of a Fianna Fail private members motion today (19 January). “The decision to assist farmers who suffered massive crop losses is indeed the right one,” said Mr Kent.
“All farming sectors are vulnerable to their incomes being decimated by a variety of factors, most notably due to adverse weather conditions, so I welcome this badly needed intervention. There was particular hardship suffered by farmers mainly in the west but also in other areas due to weather and they need help. Cereal farmers in Ireland are under a lot of pressure due to abysmal grain prices globally but their position has not been helped by a lack of attention here over several years.”
“The tillage forum needs to quickly convene to determine how to get aid to the most deserving farmers and what criteria will apply.”
“It is also important to realise that a spread of viable tillage farmers across Ireland is hugely important because they are an important source of home grown feeds and of straw to livestock farmers.”