Minister to meet Agriculture Committee to discuss fodder/drought issues

17th August, 2018

The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee will hold a special meeting with Minister Michael Creed to discuss fodder and drought issues on September 4th, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Carlow Deputy Pat Deering said: “We are acutely aware of the need to prepare for the winter ahead and we must ensure there is no shortage of fodder.
“This year’s significant weather events have impacted all farmers, and I have been in constant communication with my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, highlighting the concerns of the farming community.
“I can confirm that he is already taking several steps to mitigate any issue and ensure there is no shortage of fodder.
“The Minister has been actively engaged with the Fodder Group and through their work, maximising production of home grown fodder is a collective priority this autumn.
“Earlier this month, the Minister launched an incentive measure for tillage farmers to produce additional feed this Autumn through a financial commitment of up to €2.75 million.
“The Committee will work with the Minister to ensure there are adequate supports in place to mitigate any fodder or knock-on effects from drought issues this winter.”