Today, Monday 12th February, the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers association are set to join together in protest in Drumshanbo Co. Leitrim.
The group is protesting to highlight the need for a fodder aid scheme, in light of the recent fodder crisis. National President Colm O’Donnell said Minister Creed had ignored the principal recommendation of the stakeholders committee, which was for a meal voucher as part of the scheme. While he did deliver a transport subsidy which stated O’Donnell “was also recommended, its restrictive nature has ensured it will not deliver for most farmers.”
The INHFA decision which was taken by their National Council will involve a protest at the Department of Agriculture Offices in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim today, starting at 10:30am. It will “provide the many farmers that are struggling with fodder shortages the opportunity to highlight how inadequate the current proposals are in dealing with this crisis.”, said O’Donnell.
“is a piecemeal attempt to sort a crisis that is deteriorating on a daily basis. The protest on Monday will call for the immediate introduction of a meal voucher and the extension of the transport subsidy to licensed hauliers who have for years been providing hay and straw to farmers in the west and north-west.”, said O’Donnell in reference to last month’s subsidy announcements.
O’Donnell concluded by issuing a call to all those experiencing fodder shortages to “come on Monday and send a message to the Minister and his officials that what’s on offer will have to be improved on if further actions are to be avoided”.
Are you going to be there? ThatsFarming will be in attendance this morning and will be bringing you all the action, as well as talking to those involved. You can catch all the action via our Facebook and Twitter handles.