Further extension of Fodder Scheme welcomed by Connaughton

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The announcement that the fodder importation transport scheme is to be extended for a further two weeks was welcomed this week by East Galway T.D. Paul Connaughton.

‘The announcement was made by Minister Coveney on Friday afternoon and is most welcome. Farmers across the west had been hoping that higher temperatures and some dry weather would ease the current crisis and rising soil temperatures would result in better growth, but that hasn’t happened. The weather of recent days has been a further setback, necessitating this extension.

‘This six week delay in the growing season, coupled with a poor summer last year, has meant that the vast majority of fodder supplies in the country are now exhausted and the only way to ensure sufficient supplies of fodder enter the country is to continue this scheme which subsidises the importation of feedstuffs.

‘Our first priority is to ensure security of supply, but this crisis will have longer-term implications for farmers, many of whom were in financial difficulty before this current crisis and longer-term solutions will have to be examined once the growing season gets underway.’