Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has written to the Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food & the Marine to reconvene the Committee to discuss the impending fodder crisis.

“Last year Minister Creed waited until the very last minute to act on the fodder crisis, despite months of prior warning from my party and various farming organisations.

“This put a massive strain on farmers who were already running low on fodder stocks in the early months of winter, and substantially worsened a situation, which could have been mitigated, had action been taken earlier,” said Deputy McConalogue.

The Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson added: “It is already clear that farmers are facing into a winter with fodder stocks at a unprecedented low level.

“The combination of the extremely wet conditions last winter and the drought this summer has resulted in much reduced fodder stocks and there is a very real fear among farmers that they are facing an emergency situation this winter.

“Many are already experiencing serious cash flow problems, and while the announcement of an extension to the slurry and fertiliser deadlines is welcome, it doesn’t go far enough.

“Last month, the Fianna Fáil agriculture team put forward a 12 point plan to contain the crisis and to support farmers to deal with chronic fodder shortages this autumn.”

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