An IFA delegation led by President Joe Healy met with Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Agriculture last weekend in the north-west to make a strong case for a fodder aid package for farmers struggling with difficulties this winter.

The delegation and the Minister visited farms in Leitrim to survey the impact of wet weather and speak with farmers facing a very difficult winter because of fodder shortages.

IFA has also sought a meeting with Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to make a strong case for an aid package, including additional ANC funds for those farmers in difficulty.

“The incessant wet weather conditions have placed huge pressure on farmers, driving up their costs and depleting feed stocks. It is inevitable that shortages will exist over winter unless measures are put in place. We need to see urgent action by the Minister to avert serious problems on farms,” Joe Healy said.

The IFA President has also emphasised the importance of getting all direct payments out immediately.

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