Officially opening the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show, Minister Creed announced flexibility on an extension to the closed period for spreading of chemical and organic fertilisers.
The news comes following consultation with the Minister for Planning, Housing and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D.
Speaking at Tullamore Show, the Minister made reference to the current period of dry weather and the impact on grass growing conditions.
“While some respite has been provided in the form of a return to a more normal growing season recently, the situation remains challenging in many parts of the country for farmers attempting to conserve fodder to make up any shortfalls.”
“The overriding priority is to maximise fodder production from all available land. This is the most cost-effective approach and of greatest benefit to most farmers.”
The Minster addressed action that is being taken to ensure that as much fodder as possible is obtained from our land to provide the most effective response to a fodder shortfall.
“Imports of fodder will have a role to play in the range of options available. My Department will assist in this regard and further details will be announced in due course.”
“However, the immediate priority is to maximise fodder production at home and I believe the Fodder Production Incentive Measure for Tillage Farmers and GLAS flexibilities will contribute positively in this regard."