‘I have seen farmers crying’ says TD Michael Fitzmaurice speaking in the Dail today on the countries tillage crisis.
‘I have seen farmers crying’ says TD Michael Fitzmaurice.
TD’s Michael Fitzmaurice and Anne Rabbite spoke in the Dail today regarding the tillage crisis.
Speaking in the chamber, TD Fitzmaurice spoke of how parts of the west and midlands were in total devastation.
‘I was out with MEPs on Saturday and Sunday where you could pull up the root by hand....crops are destroyed...the gearboxes [of tractors] are busting. At the moment there is wipeout for family farms.’
Fitzmaurice added that;
‘I have seen farmers cry because they don’t know what way things are going to go.’
Fitzmaurice called on Creed to set up a fund for affected farmers.
TD Anne Rabbitte, Galway East, Fianna Fail, noted the Minister’s lateness in attending the Dail talk. The minister was some 24 minutes late to the debate.
‘Its not just...a localized issue. The farmers are in crisis at the moment’ she said.
The member asked the Minister to bring in an emergency fund and to set up a national tillage forum.
The Minister apologized for his lateness and spoke of his awareness of the issue and how he had met farmers across the country on the issue.
‘I have asked the CEO’s of the pillar banks to ask for forbearance in respect of the financial liabilities that the industry has.’
‘We are presently engaged in how best to distribute the aid to farmers.’
The aid scheme of some 500 million for European farmers he refereed to does not however currently include tillage farmers.
You can weatch the full debate here: