Noel Coonan TD Welcomes Transport Fund for Tipperary Farmers

FG TD Happy that Lorry Loads of Blals will Arrive in Tipp

FG TD Happy that Lorry Loads of Blals will Arrive in Tipp

Noel Coonan TD has welcomed Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney’s decision to subsidise the transport of fodder sourced in the United Kingdom which co-ops in Ireland have agreed to sell to Irish farmers at cost price.

The local Fine Gael TD said this €1m transport fund will pay for the transport of lorry loads of bales into Ireland and will come as a big relief to Tipperary farmers who are experiencing an acute shortage of fodder. The co-ops have also agreed on interest free credit to farmers for the purchase of fertiliser, limited to the month of May.

“Being a farmer myself, I am pleased these measures will take some pressure off Tipperary farmers. The Department has also advised inspectors to act sensitively over the next number of weeks.

“We have experienced a bad summer, a prolonged winter and with the possibility of further bad weather, it is important fodder stocks are built up. Application forms and terms and conditions will be made available through the co-ops in the coming days.

Alongside this, the Minister has topped up the Animal Welfare Fund meaning no animal will starve. The emergency number for this fund is 1850 211 990 or 01 6072379 and it will help farmers who cannot feed their livestock.

“Seven hundred payments issued last week including AEOS payments to farmers and processing of outstanding scheme payments as promptly as possible. Fine Gael in Government recognises the hard work Tipperary farmers have been carrying out to make local arrangements for the provision of fodder. It has been a tough time for Tipperary farmers and they deserve all the support possible,” concluded Deputy Coonan.