The chairman of Tipperary ICMSA, Seamus Troy, has stated that the provision of grant-aid for the construction of underpasses will be a necessary element of any On-Farm Capital Investment Scheme under the new Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.
Mr Troy noted that underpasses provide a safe and convenient passage for cattle and benefited the animal, farmer and general public.
As we approach 2015 and the abolition of quotas, many dairy farmers will be expanding their enterprises and the Farm Services chairman observed that “having a herd of cows crossing a busy road is very difficult”.
In addition, the Thurles farmer stated that the construction of underpasses on many farms will lead to a safer working environment for the farmer and increased benefits for road users as they no longer have the fear of driving into a herd of cows.
Mr Troy said that the cost of construction of an underpass is prohibitive for many farmers and ICMSA believes that Minister Coveney must ensure grant-aid is provided for underpasses as part of the On-Farm Capital Investment Scheme under the new Rural Development Programme.
He concluded by saying that this is one of the many issues ICMSA will be addressing as part of their ongoing consultations with the Department on the various elements of the new Rural Development Programme.